Schumer from Senate floor on status of Commerce Sec confirmation vote:"We also hope to do Gina Raimondo, Secretary nominee for Secretary of Commerce, early next week." Her nomination has been pending on Senate calendar awaiting flr vote since Feb 3rd,before the impeachment trial.
Schumer announced from Senate floor after noting today's 1st Senate hearing on January 6th attack: "Later this week, all Senators will be briefed by the acting Chief of Police and the acting Senate Sergeant at Arms on the current and future security measures around the Capitol."
Schumer on COVID relief:"Let our Republican friends put their votes where their speeches are in helping schools, getting money,opening schools safely.Not in simply trying to make political pt & then trashing the schools w/o giving them money they need..It’s a total contradiction"
McConnell on COVID relief: "White House keeps endorsing the idea that schools need the Democrats’ new spending plan to reopen, when the science disagrees, and furthermore, just 5% of what they propose to spend on schools would even be spent this fiscal year."
McConnell on COVID relief and opening schools: “Our children’s futures are literally at stake. The Administration has got to stop taking orders from the public-sector unions that give generously to Democratic campaigns."
McConnell from Senate floor on HHS Sec nominee Becerra: "Now the fox wants to guard the henhouse? We will review Mr. Becerra’s testimony today, but I am hard-pressed to see any way such a radical and underqualified nominee should fill such a critical post at this crucial time."

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