Cuomo should stop when allegations of misconduct are proven, says Biden
Joe Biden has said that Andrew Cuomo should step down as New York Governor if the Attorney General’s investigation confirms sexual harassment allegations against him.
He told ABC News that Mr. Cuomo, who has been charged with sexual misconduct by several women, “is also likely to face criminal prosecution.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has told his supporters that the Covid-19 vaccine is “safe” and “something that works,” and has finally recognized that “many” of the people who don’t want it are people who want it have voted.
Mr Trump has been criticized for silently receiving his vaccination in February instead of taking the opportunity to urge others to do the same – as other politicians have done.
Mr Biden responded by telling migrants that they are not coming into the country. He also declined to link the top and foreign perceptions of his government’s attitude towards immigration when speaking to ABC.
What is a filibuster and why does Biden want to reform it?
A senator – or group of senators – can continue to speak on a particular bill to prevent it from being put to the vote. Currently, this move can be thwarted if three-fifths (60/100) of the Senators vote to end the debate.
How does Joe Biden plan to reform it?
Biden has said that he would be in favor of changing the rule that 60 senators have to vote to end a debate. Democrats currently rely on around 10 Republican votes to get to 60. Hence, it is difficult for them to stop filibustering from preventing laws from being passed.
Biden’s reform proposal would mean filibustering is still possible, but it would be more difficult as Republicans would have to speak non-stop until the end of a debate to delay the vote. This could help Democrats pass key voting and immigration laws in the future.
Why do some Democrats want to get rid of the filibuster?
Some progressives in Biden’s party want to abolish the filibuster altogether. This is because the minority party – in this case the Republicans – can thwart the majority party’s efforts to pass the laws they consider crucial.
The Republicans are, of course, against filibuster reform. Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell warned that it was going to be a “disaster” and that the resulting chaos would make the Senate look like a “pile of a hundred cars”. Biden previously downplayed the idea and it remains to be seen whether he will propose his changes to the Senate.
Joanna TaylorMarch 17, 2021 10:26 am
“Scorched Earth”: Mitch McConnell reacts to a possible reform of the filibuster
Republican Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell warned of “scorched earth” if Biden changes filibuster rules.
“Let me make this very clear to all 99 of my colleagues,” he said in a Senate speech. “No one serving in this chamber can imagine what a completely scorched Senate would look like.”
He added that a standstill in the Senate during the Trump and Obama eras would look like a no-brainer in comparison.
Senate Democratic Chairman Chuck Schumer responded to McConnell’s comments, calling them a “distraction.”
Joanna TaylorMarch 17, 2021 9:59 AM
Biden supports the filibuster reform for the first time
Joe Biden has spoken out in favor of reforming the filibuster rule in the Senate, which could allow him to pass important laws more easily.
The president told ABC News, “I don’t think you have to eliminate the filibuster, you have to do it the way it used to be when I was in the Senate for the first time.”
“You had to get up and speak up, you have to keep talking.”
He suggested that instead of needing 60 votes out of 100 to end the debate and pass laws, the House should go back to the system where the senators could continue the debate by continuing to speak on the ground.
This wouldn’t stop the minority party from blocking bills, but it would make it more difficult as they would have to keep talking to prevent a vote.
Joanna TaylorMarch 17, 2021 9:35 am
Biden tells migrants: “Don’t come” to the US
Joe Biden discouraged potential migrants from coming to the US as more and more unaccompanied children are being held at the border.
“I can clearly say, don’t come,” the president told ABC News. “We’re in the process of settling down. Don’t leave your town or town.”
More than 4,000 migrant children are said to be in border protection custody. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement that the US “is well on track to meet more people on the southwestern border than in the past 20 years”.
Mr Biden said the migrants are not arriving because they believe his government will be more welcome to them than the previous one.
He has also told reporters that “at the moment” he has no plans to visit the border.
Most adults are banned from entering the United States on the basis of a public health order, but unaccompanied children are placed in government-run facilities that have long been controversial.
Mr. Mayorkas previously said that the camps, which are often compared to prisons, are “no place for a child”.
Joanna TaylorMarch 17, 2021 9:14 am
Trump finally urges supporters to get Covid-19 bump
Donald Trump has finally urged his followers to get the Covid-19 surge.
During an appearance on Fox News, the former president said the vaccine was “safe” and “something that works”.
He also admitted that “a lot of people don’t want it and a lot of these people voted for me”.
“We have our freedoms and we have to live by them,” he said. “But it’s a great vaccine. It’s a safe vaccine and something that works. ”
In late February, Mr Trump offered more general encouragement on the Covid-19 vaccine, saying at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), “Everyone, get your shot.”
He has now admitted the inequality between Republicans and Democrats in vaccine confidence.
On Associated Press A poll found that 42 percent of Republicans are unlikely or definitely not to be shot, compared to 17 percent of Democrats.
Mr Trump has previously been criticized for receiving his Covid-19 bump privately rather than taking the opportunity to publicly promote vaccination.
On the 1st of March The New York Times and CNN reported that Trump received his shot while still at the White House with his wife Melania.
Joanna TaylorMarch 17, 2021 8:45 am
Biden says Cuomo will be “likely to be prosecuted” if the allegations are confirmed
Joe Biden has said that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should resign if Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation confirms sexual harassment allegations against him.
Six women have publicly accused Mr. Cuomo of wrongdoing and there is a report of an allegation against an undisclosed person.
Speaking to ABC News, the president added that Mr. Cuomo “is likely to face criminal prosecution as well.”
“It takes a lot of courage to come forward and so it is believed that it should be taken seriously,” he said. “And it should be investigated, and that is exactly what is happening now.”
Mr Biden has previously refrained from asking Mr Cuomo to resign, stating that “the investigation is ongoing and we should see what it brings us”.
Top Democrats like Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi have also stopped calling for his resignation, as have other senators and members of Congress.
Joanna TaylorMarch 17, 2021 8:31 AM
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Joanna TaylorMarch 17, 2021 8:16 am