Your Daily Roundup for February 3rd
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Good morning. As the COVID-19 pandemic takes a toll on life in America, our team at Future Majority is tracking the latest updates:
COVID-19 relief is in motion:
On Tuesday, The Senate voted 50-49 across party lines, with Democrats in favor, to start the budget reconciliation process for COVID-19 relief. Doing so would allow a package to be passed with a simple majority vote, rather than the super-majority 60-vote threshold in place because of the filibuster. The Biden White House is reportedly open to lowering the threshold for direct payments, though they are standing firm on $1,400 per individual to round out the $2,000 in conjunction with $600 passed in December.
A new study shows the promise of reducing transmission with vaccines:
Researchers at the University of Oxford published a study Wednesday that looked at the effectiveness of the vaccine developed by its University and AstraZeneca in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. The study reports that there was a 67% reduction in positive tests among those in the study who were vaccinated. In other words, this would indicate that the vaccine has the potential to reduce COVID-19 transmission by two-thirds.
The House is taking action after the January 6th attack:
On Tuesday, the House voted to fine members that attempt to bypass new security features that have been installed in the chambers in the wake of the 1/6/21 insurrectionist attack on the Capitol. Lawmakers will now face a $5,000 fine for their first offense of refusing to be screened and a $10,000 fine for any offense thereafter. The rule passed on an almost-entirely party-line vote. The news comes as House impeachment managers and lawyers for former President Donald Trump presented their initial written arguments to the Senate in the upcoming impeachment trial surrounding Trump’s role in inciting the violent attack.
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