Senate Republicans blocked a key procedural vote to advance the Democrat-backed measure to fund the government and suspend the debt ceiling Monday evening, leaving Democrats scrambling with less than three days to figure out how to avert a shutdown with its deadline looming at the end of the week.
Former President Donald Trump said that the future of the Republican Party all depends on whether a candidate running in 2022 can coalesce behind his “Make America Great Again” platform agenda that helped bring in new voters into the “big tent” party during his four years as president and expanded the GOP vote in the 2020 election.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) named Monday former President Trump as the inaugural recipient of its “Champion for Freedom” award.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) didn’t hold off during a fiery exchange with Dr. Anthony Fauci about the need to continue wearing a face mask after having been vaccinated or immune during a Senate hearing, getting under the nation’s top infectious doctor skin by saying his double mask-wearing show is “just theater.”
The House on Wednesday passed a massive $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, an amended Senate version authorizing a flurry of new federal spending of agendas Democrats’ solely negotiated on without any Republican input and will now be heading to President Biden’s desk as he is expecting to sign the measure into law by the end of the week.
President Biden’s nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden is suffering a major blowback Monday in dooming her chances to be confirmed as three moderate Republicans and one Democrat have all said in recent days that they will not vote on supporting her nomination.