Biden news: $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill passes Senate as Trump demands RNC stops using his name
Democrat Senator’s dramatic ‘no’ vote on $15 minimum wage
Applause broke out as Senate Democrats approved a massive Covid relief bill worth $1.9 trillion, after a marathon overnight vote and last-minute haggling between Democrats on issues like unemployment benefits.
Whilst the Capitol buzzes with the ongoing bill and its related stories, other corners of the building see President Biden fire Trump-hire Sharon Gustafson, general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), after she refused to resign from her post.
Looking to another side of US Politics, former President Trump has submitted a cease-and-desist order for the use of his name and likeness to three major fundraisers for the Republican Party, as he is displeased that organisations that supported Republicans in their efforts to impeach him are using him as a campaigning tool.
Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of developments from Washington, where discussions are ongoing over a landmark Covid relief bill that the new president, Joe Biden, is keen to pass to help support Americans and the US economy as it reels from the pandemic.
Trump’s former home listed for sale at $49 million
A company registered for former President Donald Trump and his family has listed their ocean-front Florida mansion for sale for $49 million (£35.4 million).
The property sits just next door to Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, the former President’s current residence.
Estate agent Guy Clarke told Bloomberg news: “Because of its proximity and its lack of privacy, it would probably be a difficult thing to sell to someone who’s not a Trump supporter. It’s great for a Trump supporter to own that house and have the accessibility to Trump and his world. For that type of person, it’s the right house.”
The property was bought by $18.2 million (£ 13.1 million) in 2014 to a company led by Trump’s eldest sons, Donald Jr and Eric. It is listed as an asset of Trump in financial disclosure documents, the Palm Beach Daily News reports.
European Union to request US AstraZeneca vaccine supply to be sent to Europe
The European Union will urge the United States to export millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to Europe, highlighting Brussels’ push to bridge supply shortfalls, the Financial Times is reporting.
The report also states the EU is also requesting that Washington ensures the free flow of crucial vaccine ingredients needed to mend the gap in European production.
“We trust that we can work together with the U.S. to ensure that vaccines produced or bottled in the U.S. for the fulfilment of vaccine producers’ contractual obligations with the EU will be fully honoured”, the newspaper quoted the European Commission as saying.
“We are working 24/7 to improve delivery and hopefully catch up to the expectations for Q2,” AstraZeneca’s CEO Pascal Soriot told EU lawmakers in a public hearing in February.
On 5 March, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said roughly 55.5 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine (17 per cent of the population) in America, including about 28.7 million people who have been fully vaccinated.
Donald Trump and Jared Kushner have barely spoken since leaving the White House
A report has revealed that Former President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner – once considered one of the President’s closest advisors as well as his son-in-law – have barely spoken since President Biden has taken office.
It is reported that Mr Trump partially blames Mr Kushner, husband of his daughter Ivanka, for his election loss, with CNN citing anonymous sources that said the former president’s son-in-law was “checked out of politics” after leaving Washington in January.
Mr Kushner did not take part in Mr Trump’s planning for the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, where the former president hinted a potential run in 2024 while describing the first month of the Biden administration as “disastrous”.
Biden enjoys public support whilst bill passes through senate
A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. has shown that 60 per cent of Americans approve of his performance as President so far, with more supporting his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite tense political polarization across the country, 70 per cent of Americans back the Democratic president’s handling of the virus response, including 44 per cent of Republicans.
As a deal on Biden’s Covid-19 relief bill has been approved by the Senate, the new President will be hoping for the same electoral support in the House as he will need a majority of votes for the bill to pass.