Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene faces backlash after former Facebook activity and video surfaced of her heckling Parkland survivor before she took office.
President Joe Biden is set to meet with Senate Democrats Wednesday morning at the White House to discuss his COVID-19 relief bill as his party pushes ahead on passing his full legislative package without making concessions to Republicans.
The Oval Office meeting comes one day after the Democrat-led Senate voted 50-49, along party lines, to approve a budgetary maneuver that would allow Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to pass with a simple majority and therefore no Republican support.
Biden hasn’t budged from his position that his signature legislation remains fully intact after 10 Senate Republicans push a $618 billion counterproposal that’s less than one-third the size.
“It is,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday when asked whether $1.9 trillion remains the price tag that the president wants.
Biden met with the leaders of the Democratic House Caucus by phone earlier Wednesday morning.
– Joey Garrison
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., met with freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., for about 90 minutes Tuesday night after rising concerns from both sides of the aisle over Greene’s incendiary remarks, according to the Associated Press.
Greene has publicly supported QAnon pro-Trump conspiracy theories and appeared to endorse violence against Democratic politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.. The freshman representative also previously suggested that some school shootings had been staged.
Democrats threatened to hold a House vote to remove Greene from her committee assignment if Republicans took no action.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., condemned Greene’s speech.
McConnell, R-K.Y., criticized Greene, condemning her support of conspiracy theories as “loony lies” that is “cancer for the Republican Party” in a statement Monday.
– Sarah Elbeshbishi
Members of Congress will pay tribute Wednesday to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries sustained during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol Building.
His remains were taken to the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday night where he is lying in honor.
President Joe Biden arrived at the Capitol to pay his respects about 10 p.m. EST Tuesday alongside first lady Jill Biden.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy were present for the ceremonial arrival of Sicknick’s ashes at 9:30 p.m. EST. A viewing period for Capitol Police officers went through the night.
Members of Congress will be able to pay their respects beginning on Wednesday at 7 a.m., and congressional leaders will speak at a ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
– Jeanine Santucci
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