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President Trump has just been impeached by the House and he has become the first president to ever be impeached for a second time.
The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump, and those voting in favor included 10 Republicans, including the House’s No. 3 Republican, Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
“We know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”
The impeachment will not remove Trump from office and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Trump won’t face his trial until after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in next week.
Instead, McConnell wants Congress and the executive branch to spend the next week focusing on “facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power.”
McConnell wrote in a letter to his colleagues, “I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”
Regardless of how you feel about the impeachment and what happened at the US Capitol last week, you have to hope that these proceedings that will follow will not interfere with two of the most important things happening along with the transition of power:
- Vaccine distribution
- Stimulus relief
We already saw that Congress is not that good at multitasking when it comes to these major tasks.
The confirmation of a Supreme Court justice last fall most definitely contributed to slowing down progress on the last stimulus bill.
And now the Senate will have to confirm Biden appointees, deal with the impeachment hearing, and also figure out the next coronavirus stimulus legislation.
One has to hope that the priorities will be right this go round (and I believe that the #1 priority should be the American people).
The impeachment proceedings could have a pretty profound impact on the stimulus negotiations (apart from just slowing things down).
For example, Republicans are not united on whether or not Trump should be impeached.
This could cause a rift within the party that also plays out when it comes to voting on the next stimulus bill.
Lawmakers who are more willing to agree or disagree on impeachment might be more willing to vote the same way on the next bill.
So this could help Democrats when it comes down to the voting.
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