US Senators voted along party lines, with Republicans backing the measure and Democrats opposing it, underscoring the deep divide over how the country should deal with an influx of Afghans that follower the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The measure would provide a massive injection of federal money for a range of public works programs, from roads and bridges to broadband internet access, drinking water and more.
The nation’s capital has a larger population than Wyoming or Vermont, and its estimated 712,000 residents pay federal taxes, vote for president and serve in the armed forces, but they have no voting representation in Congress.
The US House of Representatives passes the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act with a strong bipartisan vote of 364 to 62, weeks after it cleared the Senate with nearly unanimous support.
President Ashraf Ghani offers a share in power to Taliban, provided the militant group "gives up the war" as Afghanistan celebrates Victory Day to mark Mujahideen's overthrowing of Soviet-backed Kabul regime in 1992.
The bill, that has now been sent to the Senate, is on track to be the second largest US stimulus ever, after the $2 trillion package Donald Trump signed last March to fight the pandemic's devastating spread.
A conviction in the 100-member Senate – which is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans – would require a two-thirds majority and appears highly unlikely.
Defence lawyers argued in Donald Trump's impeachment trial that the former president bore no responsibility for the deadly attack on the US Capitol while accusing Democrats of “hatred” and “hypocrisy.”
Prosecutors unveil a new security video in the trial, showing the mob of rioters breaking into the Capitol, smashing windows and doors and searching for then-vice president Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Senate voted 56-44 to move forward with the trial, with six Republicans joining Democratic lawmakers, but the conviction, which still seems unlikely, will need nearly a dozen additional Republican votes.
Senate leaders have agreed to rules of impeachment for the trial, including a debate and vote on whether it’s even constitutional to prosecute former president Trump but the outcome is likely to stop proceedings with Democrats in majority.
Transformative initiatives like the GameStop rally aim to claw back some of the power and wealth from the very top.
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