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Al Jazeera 14 Jan 2020

US House to vote Wednesday to send impeachment articles to Senate


The US House of Representatives says it will hand over the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate on Wednesday.

The House impeached Trump last month on charges of abusing power by pressuring Ukraine to launch an investigation into his Democratic rival Joe Biden and charges of obstructing Congress.

The issue of voting to call on witnesses is also being hotly debated.

Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington, DC.

The Senate plans to vote Wednesday afternoon on a $2 trillion stimulus package that is designed to flood the U.S. economy with money in an effort to stabilize households and businesses that have been floored by the coronavirus outbreak. The legislation would send checks to many Americans, create a loan program for small businesses and establish a lending fund for industries, cities and states.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced the breakthrough on the Senate floor around 1:30 a.m., after a long day of talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other administration officials.
The US House of Representatives has approved a $8.3bn bill that will fund the fight against the novel coronavirus.
The bill will be presented to President Donald Trump to sign by the end of the week.
The International Air Transport Association says the virus has caused airline bookings across the world to slump.
Many companies in the US are cutting back on business travel while a number of schools have closed as a precautionary measure.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports from Washington, DC.
Lawmakers in the House are heading back to Washington in order to vote on a $2.2 trillion dollar emergency relief package due to the coronavirus outbreak already passed by the Senate. Aired on 3/26/20.
House Democrats and the Trump administration are close to finalizing a bipartisan deal to help Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

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