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Week of January 31, 2021

Sunday - January 31, 2021

Joe Biden is the first sitting president to openly oppose the death penalty, and has reportedly begun discussions with the Justice Department to halt upcoming executions. Biden could take multiple steps to stop the death penalty: he could end executions just during his term as president by simply asking the Justice Department to stop scheduling any, or he could move to make more permanent steps by proposing a bill to Congress that would abolish the death penalty for good.

Monday - February 1, 2021

President Biden met with top GOP senate members to discuss Coronavirus legislation. President Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion relief bill, while the top GOP senate members, led by Susan Collins (R), have put forward a $618 billion relief package. A deal has yet to be made between the two parties. Tuesday - February 2, 2021

Pete Buttigieg was confirmed as Transportation Secretary in President Biden’s cabinet. He becomes the first openly LGBTQ person to be confirmed by the Senate for a cabinet position. Wednesday - February 3, 2021

The House Majority leader has announced that the House will vote Thursday on whether or not to strip Republican rep Marjorie Greene of her committee assignments over her past support for conspiracy theories and violence against Democratic politicians. Greene has previously suggested that school shootings such as Sandy Hook were “staged”, and has also liked posts promoting violence towards Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi. Thursday - February 4, 2021

House Democrats wrote a letter to Donald Trump requesting that he testify under oath for his impeachment trial. A Trump advisor, however, publicly announced that the former president will not be testifying during the trial. This letter is a part of the effort by House Democrats to hold Trump accountable for his actions, and they’ve used his refusal to testify to argue that he is avoiding responsibility for his actions. Friday - February 5, 2021

President Biden has turned to pitching his Covid-19 relief package towards voters, as GOP support wanes. The white house aides have met with hundreds of mayors, unions, business associations, and local elected officials in an attempt to gain their support.

Saturday - February 6, 2021

During the first month of Biden’s presidency, there has been a surge in immigration from Mexico. This serves as the first test for President Biden and his promise to be more compassionate to Mexican families. So far, US border agents have provided living spaces for immigrants to quarantine before they meet up with their families.

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