Senators will receive a safety briefing on the inauguration Tuesday afternoon ahead of the January 20 event. The Congressional Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies said President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in on the Western Front of the U.S. Capitol.
Schumer calls on the Senate to return immediately after the House sends the impeachment article, citing the use of emergency authorities granted to Senate leaders in 2004. But that would require the Senate majority leader’s endorsement. , Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Who told his caucus that the trial would not begin until Jan. 19 at the earliest in the absence of a unanimous consent agreement.
Despite the upcoming impeachment trial, Schumer wrote in his letter that the chamber will still work to immediately confirm the nominees for Biden’s Cabinet.
“The violent insurgency at the United States Capitol on January 6 showed us that we needed qualified and Senate confirmed people (not acting) in key national security positions on day one,” Schumer wrote. . “The economic challenges facing our country also demand that the main economic candidates be confirmed and up to work as soon as possible.”
The New York Democrat also told the caucus that the first legislative priority would be to create another coronavirus relief program that will include $ 2,000 checks and more resources for vaccine distribution.
In addition, Schumer said Democrats will review legislation relating to climate change, healthcare, criminal justice reform, immigration and the tax code. He added that the Democrats will move forward even if they do not receive the support of the Republicans.
“The Senate works best when we work with our fellow Republicans,” Schumer wrote. “However, if our fellow Republicans decide not to join us in our efforts to resolve these issues, we will not let that stop progress.”
Despite their slim majority, Senate Democrats still face a 60-vote threshold for major legislation. While Democrats can use reconciliation as a way to embrace many legislative priorities, they must prove that the provisions have a significant effect on the federal budget.
“The fundamentals of our system of government have been called into question,” Schumer concluded. “Our work to win back a majority in the Senate, however, means we have the opportunity to work with our fellow House colleagues and a new administration to defeat the virus, bring the relief the American people need, and unite the country. “