Senate Trial Starting on Trump Impeachment
A Senate trial of President Donald Trump begins this week.
The House of Representatives impeached Trump over claims that he asked the president of Ukraine for a favor. The next stage is a trial in the Senate to decide whether the president is guilty or innocent. Senators will act as a jury in the trial.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) set out some rules for the trial. He suggested that each side should be given 24 hours to present arguments. After a long night arguing over these rules, Senators decided to present their arguments in 24 hours, spread over three days. After that, senators will have 16 hours to ask questions.
After that, senators will vote on whether to call witnesses. If a majority votes to call witnesses, people will be invited to give information about the case. If not, Senators will have a final vote on whether to find President Trump guilty or innocent.
China Trade Deal
The U.S. and China have signed stage one of a trade deal. When President Trump was elected, he put tariffs (taxes) on Chinese goods that are sold in the U.S. He did this because he thought China was being unfair to the United States as it sold more things to the U.S. than it bought.
It took 18 months for the two governments to work out an agreement, but they finally have a deal. Trump promised that the deal delivers “economic justice” for American workers, farmers, and families.
This is just phase one of the deal, however, and phase two will be settled later. Trump said that all tariffs on China would come off once the second phase of the agreement is complete.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He traveled to the White House to sign the deal. He called phase one a win-win deal that “will bring stable economic growth, promote world peace and prosperity.”
School Lunch Rule Change
It can often feel like kids are forced to choose between a healthy lunch, or one that tastes good – how important is nutrition when it comes to meals at school?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said that it will relax the rules on nutrition in school meals and summer programs.
The current rules were made to promote healthy eating for American kids. They increased the fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in students’ diets and reduced the salt, fat, and sugar. Gay Anderson, president of the School Nutrition Association, said that the health rules were good, but some had caused more waste, as pupils did not always eat the food served to them.
The USDA will give more control to schools. Some of the changes could include:
- Some vegetables wouldn’t have to be served every day at lunch.
- To-go breakfast servings of fruit could be smaller.
- Potatoes could be served as a vegetable.
Not everyone is happy with the change. The American Heart Association said the rule would “put children’s health at risk.” It added, “Healthy school meals help combat childhood obesity and poor cardiovascular health, but they also help establish a foundation for a lifetime of healthy behaviors.”
The school meals program feeds 30 million pupils across the U.S., and the summer food service serves 2.6 million kids.
What would you choose to have for lunch? What can schools and families do to create meals that are both tasty and healthy?