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"Wind week on the hill, former President Trump's defense team charges Democrats are engaging in political theater with his upcoming Senate impeachment trial just a day away, and another Republican senator has decided not to run for your life. Action. Let's get the latest from wt. Opie's Mitchell Miller on Capitol Hill. Salvo comes in the defense team's latest brief, which argues that Democrats have tried to callously harness the chaos of the January 6th attack on the capital for political gain. The brief also reiterates arguments that it's unconstitutional to charge Trump since he's no longer in office. Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says that argument is difficult to accept. I believe in unity in our country, but the idea that we're going to gloss over what happened, will we Allow this action to stand without any accountability. House Democrats and their latest brief also reject the defense argument that the president was engaged in protected speech. In a separate development, long time Alabama Senator Richard Shelby has announced he won't run for re election next year. The fourth GOP senator to do so on Capitol Hill, Mitchell Miller W T. OBY knew the third round of stimulus checks could be heading your way. But there is debate over who should qualify and how much those checks will be worth. Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee are proposing in a ditch. Still $1400 in direct payments to Americans making $75,000 a year or less or couples earning 150,000 year. They're also pushing for bolstered unemployment benefits and more generous tax breaks for families with Children and for lower earners. Top Democrats hope the House will approve the complete bill later this month and send a final House Senate version to President Biden for his signature before the middle of March. That's when crucial emergency unemployment benefits will expire. Talked inside President Biden's $1.9 Trillion coronavirus relief plan is a seemingly radical notion that Children should not grow up in poverty. Congressional Democrats are now sketching out that vision by proposing to temporarily raise the child tax credit now at a maximum of $2000 to as much as 3600 per child every year. Their plan would make the credit fully available to the poorest families instead of restricting it based on the parents tax liability, White House press secretary Jen Psaki says that President Biden has long been an advocate for cutting child poverty, but did not specifically address the terms of the proposal to be introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal. This proposal is emergency funding as I understand it to central priority. Of his first legislative proposal to cut child poverty. Daniel Hemel, a law professor at the University of Chicago, says the proposal would likely be the most significant move to fight child poverty since LBJ's great society. But Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, says Democrats are using the pandemic quote to try to permanently change the welfare state and permanently and larger The White House says President Biden will keep pushing for a minimum wage of $15 an hour even is the congressional budget Office. Reports of boost would have mixed results. CBO says the hike would cut the number of Americans living in poverty and boost the pay of millions. It would also add about $54 billion to the federal deficit over 10 years. And cut the number of people working by nearly 1.5 million. Many Democrats want the hike in President Biden's Covina relief, a bill president is remains firmly committed to Raising the minimum wage to $15. But a White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, acknowledges it may not stay in the bill, with Republicans firmly against it, and moderate Democrats worried about the impact on small businesses during the pandemic. Saga room AGONY. Washington It is welcome news for people filing for unemployment and D. C during the pandemic. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city is spending an additional $11 million to pay for additional staff and make system upgrades. The Department of Employment Services says the new funding should help clear a backlog of claims reduced call wait times and get customers their benefits more quickly. Among the changes staff will get comprehensive training to better help people and a chat feature will be added to the department's website so users can get questions answered quickly. Indoor dining on a limited basis could be back by Valentine's Day in Montgomery County. The council will vote on the issue and we'll get an update on covert 19 vaccination plans from state leaders tomorrow. Emery County Council President Tom Hooker said the state's acting deputy secretary for public health Doctor Jin Lien Chan, will be among state officials updating the council on Tuesday. Some of the key issues will discuss include consistency of vaccine distribution, coordination among vaccinators equity and administering the supply ramping up our vets. The nation's hooker said he was concerned about a dropping vaccine allotments to the county's health department from 5500 Week to 4500, another issue that will come up a vote on the executive order to allow indoor dining at 25%. That was amended to go into effect February, 14th Council member gave Albert knows rather than just immediately, you know, voting and then deciding that same day that restaurants will open. This gives them a little bit more runway to be able to ramp up their operation to open effectively. Kate Brian W. T. O P. News talk of keeping that security fence permanently at the U. S. Capitol has one lawmaker taking action. We'll hear about that coming up. It's a 36..