Democrats say the prosecution process will not hinder Covid’s relief work

WASHINGTON – The top Senate Democrats said on Tuesday that they would not allow the trial of former President Donald Trump to be prosecuted to obstruct their legislative work and that they could manage their agenda at the same time.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., in addition to chairmen of Democratic committees, said at a press conference that Democrats had a message for those who said “the prosecution process would put a key on President Biden’s early agenda.”

“We’re here today to say we won’t let that happen. We can do both at the same time,” Schumer said.

California Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered the same message on Tuesday, telling House Democrats in a letter that the House of Representatives could continue its work on Covid-19 assistance while the Senate conducts the trial.

“Under the leadership of our chairs, we are demonstrating that we can do our job without abandoning our principles and responsibilities by taking the oath of office and that we keep the House to a high standard of integrity,” said Pelosi, who noted that nine Democrat members will prosecute Trump in the Senate as manager. start.

Just hours before the trial began, Schumer said the Senate was “moving forward on a bold plan” to save the country from the epidemic, which he said will speed up the spread of vaccines, help reopen schools and save people. workplaces.

“We must do everything we can to end this crisis, and despite the fact that the prosecution process is important and the August responsibility, we will do both,” he said.

Schumer said Democrats “will not dilute, dilute or delay” by waiting for Republicans to negotiate a final package.

Asked if the trial could include testimony that would prolong the proceedings, Schumer said lawmakers will continue to “continue to do our job.”

He listed the work of the Senate, which quickly confirmed Biden’s cabinet candidates, including Secretary of Veterinary Affairs Denis McDonough and a Deputy Secretary of Defense on Monday night. It is not clear whether the Senate will vote on the other candidates during the probationary period.

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Democrats in the House and Senate have been moving at lightning speed over the past week to begin working out and finalizing the aid package.

Chairman of the Senate Financial Services Committee, Ron Wyden, D-Ore. He reiterated that Democrats aim to adopt an aid measure by 14 March, when extended unemployment benefits expire.

“This is an extremely important moment for our economy and for millions of vulnerable families,” Wyden said. “Without our economic package, it could take five years for unemployment to return to the terrain it was a year ago. That’s another five years of unnecessary financial pain for millions of Americans.”

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday announced that Biden’s candidate for attorney general, Merrick Garland, will be held on February 22nd and 23rd, and a vote will be taken next Monday on whether the nomination will be transferred to the full Senate.