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Donald Trump impeachment: Is it too late?
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Donald Trump impeachment: Is it too late?

 Donald Trump impeachment: Trump is going to be known in American history for all the wrong reasons – the latest of them being the only United States President to have been impeached twice. Wednesday was historic day as Democrats-led House of Representatives voted to impeach outgoing president Donald Trump. The most remarkable moment of the entire proceeding was inclusion of 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching Trump, making the moral compass highlighted. 

But the next step of Senate voting in favor of the impeachment has been hazed off by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell clarified the reality soon after voting was done by House for Trump impeachment. He said, “Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office. This is not a decision I am making; it is a fact.” 

This means that Senate voting on whether Trump will be removed from office will not happen till January 20, the day he exits White Office. 

This brings us to few questions worth contemplating – can a former president be impeached or removed from office; and does it make it worth the procedure?

Regarding first question of impeaching a former president, debate has been ongoing since forever. Even the Constitution is rather vague on the topic. Article II, Section of Constitution reads, “The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” 

But the clarity on the situation, which is at present, of what will ensue if impeachment process starts when the president is still in office and ends when he is not, is not offered by the Constitution. Constitution leaves it an open interpretation, something that hasn’t been tried before in America real time. 

This brings us to the second question – even if we can impeach the President at this point, what purpose does it solve? 

The face value of this question looks simple straight forward – holding a ‘former president’ on trial to decide if he was guilty of impeachable offences when he was in office doesn’t really make sense. But Senate voting will not only decide on impeaching Trump, but more. If Senate voting goes in favor of impeaching Trump, then the next vote would be held that would ban Trump from seeking any public office in future. The voting would be of simple majority of 50+1 by Senate. 

This will be groundbreaking for the 2024 elections. Trump wouldn’t be running for President, which he has made clear of doing. This can be a good and smart game plan by McConnell who has made it clear that he is done with Trump. This would allow GOP to get ‘rid of Donald Trump’

This brings us to a valid conclusion – it does after all make sense in impeaching Donald Trump and it isn’t too late.

Big relief for US as Hill approves long awaited Covid-19 relief aid
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Big relief for US as Hill approves long awaited Covid-19 relief aid

Covid-19 relief aidMonths after squabbling and bickering, the Congressional leaders have agreed upon a pandemic aid package of approximately $900bn. This will include fund for businesses and programmes related to support unemployed. 

The announcement was made on Sunday night that the leaders have reached an estimated billion package that will deliver the much needed support to small businesses, unemployed people and health care workers as country also reinforces the vaccination drive. The package will also support a spending bill of $1.4tn that will fund various federal operations over the period of following nine months. 

The decision offers a big relief as multiple COVID relief programmes were nearing expiry by month end, risking 12 million Americans losing the unemployment benefits.  

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced that both chambers have finalized an agreement on aid. He said, “It is packed with targeted policies that help struggling Americans who have already waited entirely too long.”

The ongoing disputes over policies between Republicans and Democrats bolstered doubts of whether a decision would be reached on a deal before the lawmakers embark on holidays and soon end of 116th Congress. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement, “We are going to crush the virus and put money in the pockets of the American people.”

President Donald Trump signed the bill shortly before midnight, thereby buying Congress 24 hours before the deadline. 

On Monday, the House is set to vote for final relief package for Covid-19, along with next fiscal year’s omnibus spending bill of $1.4 trillion. 

The details on distribution of aid are yet to be formally released, but the release from Senate Democratic leaders and House on Sunday evening reveals the probable distribution:

Direct payment checks per adult and child of up to $600

Aid support for struggling small businesses. This includes $284 billion for forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans and $15 billion “in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions”

Enhanced unemployment insurance benefits – $300 per week

Rental assistance and eviction moratorium extension – $25 billion

Education providers, like schools, including aid to reopen classrooms safely – $82 billion

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and child nutrition – $13 billion 

The bill, however, doesn’t include aid to local governments. This has been a top priority for Democrats. Schumer noted that the aid does offer support to local governments indirectly, inform of Covid-19 testing and aid to schools. 

Schumer stressed that this package will “establish a floor, not a ceiling, for coronavirus relief in 2021.” He affirmed that as President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January, the Democrats would push for more package. 

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