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But that debate turned into a rout — 197 House Republicans opposing Trump’s impeachment, versus 10 voting for it. Now 10 House Republicans supporting their president’s impeachment wasn’t insignificant: It’s more than the House Democratic defections in Bill Clinton’s impeachment (five) and House GOP defections in Trump’s first impeachment (zero). But as impeachment moves to a Senate trial, the question we have: Are 10 House GOP defections worth 20 Senate GOP defections? Eight out of 10: The number of House Republicans voting for impeachment whose congressional districts were won by Donald Trump. 1: The number of House Republicans voting for impeachment who also objected to certification of the electoral votes last week.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The below are comments from lawmakers concerning the House of Representatives vote on Wednesday that made Donald Trump the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shows the article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump after signing it in an engrossment ceremony, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 13, 2021. SENATE LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, REPUBLICAN“Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly, no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump had left office... REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SCHIFF, DEMOCRAT“Today’s decision to impeach President Donald J. Trump was a grave one, but not a difficult one. I voted to impeach President Trump.
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Comments on historic second impeachment of U.S. President Trump
  + stars: | 2021-01-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The below are comments concerning the House of Representatives vote on Wednesday that made Donald Trump the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shows the article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump after signing it in an engrossment ceremony, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 13, 2021. SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER“Donald Trump has deservedly become the first president in American history to bear the stain of impeachment twice over. REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SCHIFF, DEMOCRAT“Today’s decision to impeach President Donald J. Trump was a grave one, but not a difficult one. I voted to impeach President Trump.
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FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell heads to the Senate floor before adjourning for the year, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 31, 2020. McConnell said a “fair or serious trial” cannot conclude before Biden is sworn in. They have lasted 83 days, 37 days and 21 days, respectively,” he noted in a statement. It was not clear whether the Democratic-led House would deliver the charge against Trump to the Senate on Wednesday night. Ten of Trump’s fellow Republicans joined 222 Democrats in backing impeachment in the House, where Democrats hold a slim majority.
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U.S. Senate's McConnell hasn't decided how he will vote on impeachment
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives for the Electoral College vote certification for President-elect Joe Biden, during a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell, a Republican, said Wednesday he has not made a final decision on how he will vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump. “I have not made a final decision on how I will vote,” McConnell said in a memo to his fellow Republicans, adding that he will listen to legal arguments presented to Senate after the House votes to impeach Trump. The excerpts from the memo were provided by McConnell’s spokesman.
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Facebook says it sees increase in calls to violence in the U.S.
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
SEE NEW POSTSFacebook says it sees increase in calls to violence in the U.S. Facebook has seen an increase in activity praising last week's violent occupation of the U.S. Capitol and growing signs of possible future violence, a spokesperson said Wednesday. Facebook has also fielded an increased number of legal requests from the FBI for the data of users suspected of storming the Capitol, the spokesperson said. Share this -Rep. Peter Meijer becomes 7th House Republican to back impeachment Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., announced Wednesday he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump, becoming the seventh House Republican to do so. “I’m one of these,” the man said to the officer as he pointed to the hat, according to a police report. Share this -Trump monitoring proceedings from the White House President Trump has been monitoring the impeachment proceedings largely from the Oval Office, and in a few instances from the dining room, according to an administration official.
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Rep. Peter Meijer becomes 7th House Republican to back impeachment
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSRep. Peter Meijer becomes 7th House Republican to back impeachment Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., announced Wednesday he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump, becoming the seventh House Republican to do so. Share this -House vote to impeach Trump for a second time begins The House is voting now to impeach President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors for the second time. This time, the House is voting to impeach him on one article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection” following the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol. Share this -Trump monitoring proceedings from the White House President Trump has been monitoring the impeachment proceedings largely from the Oval Office, and in a few instances from the dining room, according to an administration official. There has been outreach between the White House and Republican leadership on the Hill in recent days, the official said, but did not give specific details.
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Inside his vehicle was a book bag containing a semi-automatic handgun with a fully-loaded 6-round magazine, the police report says. There has been outreach between the White House and Republican leadership on the Hill in recent days, the official said, but did not give specific details. Share this -Ivanka Trump not expected to attend inauguration Ivanka Trump is not expected to attend President-elect Biden’s inauguration next week, according to a White House official. While she respects his transition to power, according to this official, the official said children of outgoing presidents do not always attend. President Trump has also said he will not attend the ceremony.
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House vote to impeach Trump for a second time begins
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
SEE NEW POSTSHouse vote to impeach Trump for a second time begins The House is voting now to impeach President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors for the second time. Share this -Trump monitoring proceedings from the White House President Trump has been monitoring the impeachment proceedings largely from the Oval Office, and in a few instances from the dining room, according to an administration official. Share this -Ivanka Trump not expected to attend inauguration Ivanka Trump is not expected to attend President-elect Biden’s inauguration next week, according to a White House official. President Trump has also said he will not attend the ceremony. And while some Trump allies did defend the president directly, it was far from the centerpiece of the GOP argument.
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U.S. Senate leader McConnell attacks attempts to challenge Biden win
  + stars: | 2021-01-06 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wears a face mask as he participates in a swearing-in for the 117th Congress with Vice President Mike Pence in the Old Senate Chambers at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC, U.S. January 3, 2021. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday delivered a scathing attack on fellow Republicans who were challenging Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, saying it could do great harm to America. At the start of debate on certifying the Electoral College result, McConnell said: “We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of election on steroids.” McConnell added, “The voters, courts, states, they’ve all spoken. If we overrule them it would damage our republic forever.”
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Slideshow ( 5 images )Trump supporters overturned barricades and clashed with police on the U.S. Capitol grounds and streamed inside the building. The demonstrations flared as lawmakers met inside to formally certify Biden’s victory over Trump in the Nov. 3 election. A band of Republican lawmakers quickly challenged the results, first from the election battleground state of Arizona won by Biden. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called the challenges “an attempted coup” and said, “The Congress does not determine the outcome of an election. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”Trump in his speech applied fresh pressure on Pence to try to reverse the election results.
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The supermajority threshold was the result of a compromise in the Senate — “a reasonable thing to do at a time when Senate norms still compelled minorities to eventually yield to the majority,” Jentleson writes. What started out as an attempt to reform the filibuster and erode its power perversely became a facilitator of it. The story after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has been different, Jentleson says, but no less detrimental to progressive causes. “All you have to do is call the cloakroom, tell them the senator you work for intends to place a hold on the bill, and the bill is filibustered,” Jentleson writes. Under the leadership of Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans tried to block President Obama’s nominees “with unprecedented frequency,” Jentleson writes, and he offers the numbers to prove it.
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Trump back in Washington early amid showdown with Congress
  + stars: | 2020-12-31 | by ( Jeff Mason | David Morgan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump returned to Washington from his Florida resort on Thursday, a day earlier than planned, as he continued a fight with Congress over a defense bill and stimulus checks and amid a spike in tensions with Iran. U.S. President Donald Trump arrives on Marine One with first lady Melania Trump after returning from Mar-A-Lago on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 31, 2020. This body will fulfill our responsibility to the men and women who protect our country.”The House voted to overturn Trump’s veto on Monday. Slideshow ( 2 images )If that happens, it would mark the first time lawmakers have voted to override a Trump veto since he took office. The tensions among Republicans have been exacerbated by the effort in Congress to reject Trump’s NDAA veto.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Donald Trump returned to Washington early from his Florida resort on Thursday, keeping up his fight with Congress over a defense bill and coronavirus aid checks while chronicling the “historic victories” of his outgoing administration on Twitter. U.S. President Donald Trump arrives on Marine One with first lady Melania Trump after returning from Mar-A-Lago on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 31, 2020. Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about Iran and whether he would attend Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration when he arrived back at the White House. This body will fulfill our responsibility to the men and women who protect our country.”The House voted to overturn Trump’s veto on Monday. If that happens, it would mark the first time lawmakers have voted to override a Trump veto since he took office.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Donald Trump in a New Year’s Eve message reflected on his accomplishments in office, calling them “historic victories,” while his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, struck an upbeat tone in looking ahead to 2021. U.S. President Donald Trump arrives on Marine One with first lady Melania Trump after returning from Mar-A-Lago on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 31, 2020. Trump was originally scheduled to attend a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago resort. This body will fulfill our responsibility to the men and women who protect our country.”The House voted to overturn Trump’s veto on Monday. If that succeeds, the Senate is expected to hold a second procedural vote on Saturday followed by a final vote on passage.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Senate leader Mitch McConnell dealt a likely death blow on Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s bid to boost coronavirus aid to Americans, declining to schedule a swift Senate vote on a bill to raise relief checks to $2,000 from $600. With a new Congress set to be sworn in on Sunday, the action appears all but certain to kill the effort to increase the amount of the $600 checks Congress has already approved. Republican Senator John Cornyn told reporters he thought it unlikely that Congress would now act to increase the checks given McConnell’s remarks. The House of Representatives voted to overturn Trump’s defense bill veto on Monday. Once preliminary hurdles in the Senate are cleared, a final vote could come later in the week or over the weekend.
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Battle over $2,000 COVID-19 aid checks shifts to U.S. Senate
  + stars: | 2020-12-29 | by ( David Morgan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unusual battle in Congress over President Donald Trump’s demand for $2,000 coronavirus aid checks for Americans shifts on Tuesday to the Senate, where Republicans opposed to higher spending are under pressure to approve the additional relief. The Senate is already expected to take up a measure to override Trump’s veto of a $740 billion defense policy bill. It would be the first veto override of Trump’s presidency, which ends on Jan. 20 when Democratic President-elect Joe Biden will take office. They pushed for a quick House vote on Monday and enough Republicans backed it for it to be passed. “The House just took a strong, bipartisan vote to pass $2,000 checks,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Twitter after the House vote on Monday evening.
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McConnell acted shortly after Trump assailed Republican leaders on Twitter, calling them “weak” and “tired” in an apparent effort to get the Senate to increase COVID-19 checks from $600 to $2,000 and to support his defense bill veto. McConnell did not elaborate on what action, if any, the Senate would take on stimulus checks. U.S. stocks dipped into negative territory after McConnell rejected Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer’s call for the Senate to approve the increased stimulus aid by unanimous consent. Addressing the Republican-dominated chamber, Schumer said it should not adjourn until it addresses COVID-19 stimulus checks and the defense policy bill. The House on Monday voted to override the president’s veto of the defense policy bill and if the Senate seconds the House action, it becomes law.
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McConnell acted shortly after Trump assailed Republican leaders on Twitter, calling them “weak” and “tired” in an apparent effort to get the Senate to increase COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000 from $600 and to support his defense bill veto. I would urge my colleagues to support this legislation one more time.”Slideshow ( 3 images )Overturning Trump’s veto requires votes by two-thirds of the House and Senate. The House overrode Trump’s veto on Monday. It would be the first veto override of Trump’s presidency. The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote on Trump’s veto on Wednesday evening, which could lead to final passage later in the week or over the weekend.
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Democrats believe their support for the $2,000 checks and Republican opposition will help them in Georgia. He has also bristled at Republicans’ efforts to override his veto of the defense bill, and their opposition to the bigger one-time checks to Americans. Still, McConnell has rejected Schumer’s call for a standalone Senate vote on the increased stimulus checks. It would be the first time Congress overrides a Trump veto. The House voted for an override on Monday and if the Senate follows, the bill becomes law despite Trump’s opposition.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Congress on Monday approved an $892 billion coronavirus aid package, throwing a lifeline to the nation’s pandemic-battered economy after months of inaction, while also keeping the federal government funded. The virus relief bill includes $600 payments to most Americans as well as additional payments to the millions of people thrown out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic, just as a larger round of benefits is due to expire on Saturday. Congress included a measure continuing current levels of government spending for seven days, ensuring no interruption to federal operations. MCCONNELL CLAIMS VICTORYIt has a net cost of roughly $350 billion for coronavirus relief, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, adding that more than $500 billion in funding comes from unspent money Congress had authorized. If signed into law, the bill would be the second-largest stimulus package in U.S. history, behind the roughly $2 trillion aid bill passed in March.
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McConnell says deal reached on $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill
  + stars: | 2020-12-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Slideshow ( 4 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday an agreement had been reached by congressional leaders of both parties on a roughly $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill. “More help is on the way,” McConnell said on the Senate floor of the measure to provide assistance to address a number of coronavirus-related issues.
Persons: Mitch McConnell, ” McConnell Organizations: Republican U.S Locations: WASHINGTON
REUTERS/Erin Scott TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYIt would be the largest relief package since spring, when Congress approved more than $4 trillion in aid. The COVID-19 pandemic has killed 311,000 Americans, by far the most in the world, and put millions out of work. The parties also disagree over how best to aid arts venues closed by COVID-19 restrictions, and how much emergency money should go to local governments for supplies like personal protective equipment for schools. Nor does it include the extensive aid to state and local governments Democrats wanted. Congress now faces a Sunday midnight deadline to approve more funding, adding to pressure to come up with a final COVID-19 agreement.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. lawmakers struggled on Saturday to clear final hurdles to a $900 billion coronavirus aid bill, including a dispute over Federal Reserve emergency lending authorities, pushing any deal closer to a Sunday night government funding deadline. “The American people cannot feed their families with, or pay their bills with, Congress’ good-faith discussions. Republican opponents said Fed lending facilities created under coronavirus aid legislation passed in March are unnecessary government interference in private business and politicizes the Fed. Congressional leaders plan to attach the package to a $1.4 trillion spending bill funding the government through September 2021. The deal does not include liability protections for businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits, a provision pushed by Republicans that has long been unacceptable to Democrats.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress looked increasingly unlikely on Friday to meet a deadline to agree on $900 billion in fresh COVID-19 aid and instead may pass a third stopgap spending bill to keep the government from shutting down at midnight. They have reported progress, but enough differences remained by late on Thursday that talks looked likely to stretch into the weekend. Congressional leaders plan to pass the COVID-19 aid as part of sweeping legislation to fund the government through September 2021. Multiple lawmakers have floated the possibility the federal government would run out of money early Saturday morning if Congress cannot pass a CR in time. Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has also said he wants COVID-19 relief for Americans passed now, promising to do more after he is sworn in on Jan. 20.
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