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House could pass $1.9T COVID-19 relief plan, Derek Chauvin trial: 5 things you need to know Tuesday

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House expected to pass $1.9T COVID-19 relief package

The House is expected as early as Tuesday to approve President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, his chief legislative priority as he begins his presidency. The plan, which passed the Senate this weekend, includes $1,400 stimulus checks for those earning under $75,000, an extension of unemployment benefits and money for local and state governments, among other measures. Democrats, whose margin in the House is only slightly bigger than in the Senate, must hope their progressive members don’t bolt over modifications made to the legislation, particularly the removal of a federal minimum wage hike.

Derek Chauvin trial live: Judge says he will start jury selection Tuesday

Jury selection was scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin after jurors were sent home Monday as the court grappled with an appeal over the possible reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge — an issue that still has not been resolved. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last May. Prosecutors contend Floyd, 46, was killed by Chauvin’s knee, compressed against his neck for more than 9 minutes while he was handcuffed and pinned to the pavement. Legal experts say bystander video of the incident, as well as two autopsy reports, will play central roles in the trial.

Given salary cap uncertainty, NFL and players’ union consider delaying franchise tag deadline

NFL teams face a 4 p.m. ET deadline Tuesday for the designation of franchise and transition player tags. However, that deadline could get pushed back, as the league and NFL Players Association officials have had discussions about delaying that deadline because of the lingering uncertainty over the determination of the salary cap figures for 2021. The NFL announced that minimum team spending for 2021 will be $180 million, but a ceiling for the salary cap has yet to be determined. So far, Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons, New York Jets safety Marcus Maye and Washington Football Team guard Brandon Scherff are the only players to receive franchise tags. The Dallas Cowboys avoided that scenario with quarterback Dak Prescott, as the two sides agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract on Monday.

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