Barry C. Black, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, gave a moving prayer after congress officially affirmed President-elect Joe Biden in the early morning of Jan. 7. The tally was postponed for several hours after pro-Trump supporters broke into the Capitol, causing congress to go into lockdown. "We deplore the desecration of the United States Capitol building. The shedding of innocent blood. The loss of life. And the quagmire of dysfunction that threatens our democracy," Black said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor about the deal reached for a bipartisan plan on coronavirus relief. She praised "significant" direct payments for Americans, but "I would like them to have been bigger."
NBC News' Maura Barrett reports on the Moderna Covid vaccine trials as the world awaits a decision from the FDA to approve emergency use authorization of a second vaccination. The Report for America program places journalists in local newsrooms to report on what it considers under-covered topics and communities. Program founder Charlie Sennott and a reporter taking part in the program, Morgan Mullings, join Morning Joe to discuss. Aired on 12/28/2020. Trump signs relief bill but says he wants more money for Americans, and runoff elections are set to determine the control of the Senate. "The working class of this country today faces more economic desperation than at any time since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and working families need help now. Not next year, but right now."
Sen. Bernie Sanders argues for immediate direct relief payments for American families on the Senate floor.