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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer during an April press conference in New York City. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on voters Sunday to contact senators and urge them to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's wish that she not be replaced until a new president is installed.

Details: Schumer noted during their news conference "we only need two more senators who will abide by RGB's wish," after Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins said they'd oppose holding a Senate confirmation vote on President Trump's nomination to replace the late Supreme Court justice before November's election.

What else they're saying: Ocasio-Cortez wouldn't rule out when asked a push to impeach President Trump or Attorney General Bill Barr, whom she accused of "potentially law-breaking behavior" and being "unfit for office," but stressed this would be a matter for the House Democratic leadership.

  • "We need to make sure we mobilize on an unprecedented scale to ensure this vacancy is reserved for the next president," she said. "We must also commit to using every procedural tool available to us to ensure that we buy ourselves the time necessary."
  • Schumer said they wanted to "protect the rights of women — their rights to their body, to choose, their rights to health care and equality," which he said "would go down the drain" if Trump were successful in his plans.
"A court with a kind of nominee President Trump will choose will undo all of that and not make global warming less likely but more likely and it will come quicker."
— Schumer

Of note: Schumer said Friday "nothing is off the table next year" if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican allies move to fill Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat in the coming weeks.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told ABC earlier Sunday that Democrats have "arrows in our quiver" they could use to block Trump's nomination, declining to elaborate further.

The other side: Trump said he'll announce a nominee for the Supreme Court bench "next week."

  • Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, told CNN Sunday "the decision of when to nominate" another justice "does not lie with" Ginsburg.
  • Barr dismissed last Wednesday accusations of political interference, saying "prosecutorial power is invested in the attorney general."

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Updated Dec 29, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Georgia's GOP senators back $2,000 stimulus checks ahead of runoff

Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) on Tuesday both came out in favor of increasing direct payments in the coronavirus relief package from $600 to $2,000 per person.

Why it matters: The two Republican senators are on the ballot in a pair of runoffs in Georgia next week that will determine control of the Senate.

Senate tide begins to shift toward $2,000 checks after Trump's push

Sen. Marco Rubio campaigning for Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in Georgia. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

A couple of days ago, it looked impossible that $2,000 COVID relief checks — up from the $600 checks for individuals in the package President Trump signed Sunday — could pass the Senate. That has changed with Trump's final-hours advocacy for bigger checks, Republican sources tell Axios.

The state of play: It's still an uphill battle. But Republican senators are feeling more pressure from constituents — pumped by Trump — to do more.

Updated Dec 28, 2020 - Politics & Policy

House votes to increase stimulus payments to $2,000 per person

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The House voted 275-134 on Monday to increase direct payments from its coronavirus relief package to $2,000 per person, up from the $600 checks that Congress had previously approved.

Why it matters: The measure is unlikely to pass the GOP-controlled Senate, but could further divide President Trump and Republicans ahead of the crucial Senate runoffs in Georgia next week.