#US Senate

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US Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland.(Photo Credit: AFP)

  • The vote finished 15 to 7 in favour of the nomination
  • All Democratic senators and four Republicans voted in favor of Garland
  • Garland is the former chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit

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The US House of Representatives on Saturday passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • The stimulus plan seeks to help more than 11 million unemployed people
  • Parents of children under the age of 18 will receive a year of monthly benefits
  • The bill promises a $110 billion grant for small businesses

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Nancy Pelosi leads the slimmest House majority in decades. (Photo Credit: AFP Photo)

  • The US House of Representatives will vote on the $1.9 trillion stimulus package on Friday
  • "We're going to make a giant step forward tonight," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said
  • Pelosi insisted she had the votes to pass the bill, with or without the minimum wage measure

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Neera Tanden reportedly deleted more than 1,000 tweets before her confirmation process started. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@neeratanden)

  • Neera Tanden is awaiting US Senate confirmation to lead the Office of Management and Budget
  • She is facing a tough time for her confirmation because of her tweets in past
  • President Joe Biden nominated Neera Tanden because she is qualified: White House

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Dr Vivek Murthy, nominated as US's Surgeon General by President Joe Biden, has told lawmakers that his first and foremost priority would be to turn the COVID-19 pandemic around. (AFP Photo)

  • Murthy was speaking during his confirmation hearing by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Pensions Committee
  • "I'm back.. is because my priority, first and foremost, is to address COVID to turn this pandemic around": Vivek Murthy
  • Issues such as mental health and substance use disorders have worsened amid pandemic, Murthy said

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The party is still pondering whether Donald Trump can win again in 2024. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Donald Trump will address the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday
  • Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo is likely to address CPAC  as well
  • Republicans say Trump remains the dominant conservative political force

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US President Joe Biden has pushed for early approval for his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. (AFP Photo)

  • Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough is reviewing the minimum wage provision in the COVID-19 relief bill
  • The minimum wage, as proposed in the package, will increase to $15 over five years
  • The COVID relief bill is going to the House of Representatives on Friday

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Rand Paul is a Republican Senator from the state of Kentucky (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Senator Paul asked about "genital mutilation" and "gender dysphoria"
  • Dr. Levine said that a variety of aspects need to be considered while treating minors
  • If confirmed, Dr. Levine will be the first openly transgender federal official who will be confirmed by the US Senate

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Jennifer Granholm became the first woman to be elected as the governor of Michigan. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Granholm was confirmed with a 64-35 vote
  • She was also the top candidate for Energy Secretary in the 2016 elections
  • She is known for giving importance to clean energy and climate change

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A bipartisan group of US senators has introduced a legislation on Wednesday that would require President Joe Biden to establish an inter-agency task force to address impacts of China's intimidation strategies. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI - File/)Representative

  • The legislation would require Joe Biden to establish China Censorship Monitor and Action Group
  • The legislation was introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • The task force would create an annual report, complete congressional briefings