Transcript for Biden’s agenda clashes with looming impeachment trial
Of course, the pandemic and the economic impact, crushing many American families and small businesses across the country. President Biden signing executive orders helping to feed family, laying the ground work to raise the minimum wage to a dollars an hour for federal workers. He's calling on congress for a $1,400 direct payment for some Americans. Just moments ago tonight there's also news on former president trump's senate impeachment trial, the article of impeachment will be sent to the senate on Monday, so what does that mean now for the trial? When will it start? What Mary Bruce just learned tonight. Reporter: On his second full day in office, president Biden's agenda clashing with the looming impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Biden today signing executive orders to expand food stamp families. And lay the groundwork and lay the groundwork for a $15 minimum wage for federal workers. But Biden will need congress the deliver his nearly $2 trillion rescue package, and right now congress is focused on impeachment. The bottom line is this, we are in a national emergency. We need to act like we're in a national emergency. Reporter: Biden wants an additional $1,400 in direct payments to most Americans. $600, which was already passed, is simply not enough if you still have to choose between paying your rent and putting food on the table. Reporter: He's calling for extending unemployment benefits, more money for small businesses and $160 billion for vaccine distribution and testing. We have the tools to help people, so let's Louis the tools. All of them. Use them now. Reporter: But the senate is about to be consumed with trump's trial. House speaker Nancy Pelosi today announcing she is going to send over the article of impeachment on Monday. According to the senate rules, the trial would have to begin at 1:00 P.M. The next day. Make no mistake, a trial will be held in the United States senate, and there will be a vote whether to convict the president. Reporter: But a trial next week could put the brakes on the Biden agenda. Right now, only two cabinet officials have been confirmed. And some senate Republicans say that when the impeachment trial begins, everything else will be postponed. Clearly if the impeachment articles come over Monday, the opportunity for president Biden to get a cabinet in place is done until impeachment is done. Reporter: Republican leader Mitch Mcconnell wants to delay the trial several weeks to give trump time to prepare his defense. And late today, the president seeming to suggest he too is open to a delay. The more time we have to get up and running to meet these crises, the better. So many dirchtd different messages there. Let's get back to Mary. Chuck Schumer, now the majority leader coming to the senate floor to announce a time line has been agreed upon for the impeachment trial. Article will be delivered to the senate Monday. How's this going play out? The article of impeachment will be held on Monday. The senate trial has to begin at 1:00 P.M. The next day. Members will be sworn in, both sides are going to be given two weeks to prepare. In the meantime, the senate can work on other business like confirming the nominees and the covid relief bill. The trial in earnest will begin the week of February 8th. Sworn in as jurors on Tuesday, but then time to prepare. All right, Mary keeping us
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