Mar 1, 2021

News | US Politics: Amid Continuing the Scrutiny on Biden's Cabinet Picks, Bide Will Meet With Mexico's Leader.

 washingtonpost.com

Live updates: Biden to meet virtually with Mexico’s leader as Senate continues to scrutinize his Cabinet picks

Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner

After returning to Washington from Delaware on Monday, President Biden is scheduled to meet virtually with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with migration and the coronavirus pandemic among the topics on their agenda.

On Capitol Hill, the Senate plans to continue scrutinizing Biden’s Cabinet picks. The full chamber has scheduled a vote Monday on his choice of Miguel Cardona as education secretary, while a committee is expected to advance the nomination of Merrick Garland as attorney general.

Here’s what to know …

  • Senate Democrats and the White House are retreating on efforts to include a $15 minimum wage increase in Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief bill as they aim to move the package forward this week in the Senate.
  • Former president Donald Trump declared that he is considering a presidential run in 2024, has ruled out forming a third party, and will devote himself to building up Republican efforts to take on Democrats and others he claimed have targeted his movement.
  • Facing fresh allegations of sexual harassment and mounting political pressure, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) apologized if anything he said may “have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation” but denied he inappropriately touched or propositioned anyone in his office.

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