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House scraps work schedule amid security threat

House scraps work schedule amid security threat

Federal authorities and the sergeant-at-arms warned of discussions by “militia violent extremists” to seize control of the Capitol complex on or around March 4.U.S. Capitol Police protective agents stand watch as Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers hold a news event on the steps of the House of Representatives at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. | J. Scott Applewhite/APTop House Democrats are abruptly wrapping up all work on Wednesday and sending members home — a day earlier than planned — as congressional leaders grapple with another potential threat to the Capitol, nearly two months...

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House Democrats settle income debate for direct payments

House Democrats settle income debate for direct payments

Joint tax filers making $150,000 would qualify for direct payments, with that eligibility phasing out for earners making up to $200,000.Sen. Bernie Sanders listens during committee hearing. | Graeme Jennings/Pool via APHouse Democrats plan to move ahead with a coronavirus stimulus package that would keep the existing income limits for Americans who receive stimulus checks, while tightening eligibility for higher-earning Americans — a major win for progressives.The plan, to be released later this week, would keep stimulus checks flowing to Americans making up to $75,000 a year — rather than...

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House votes to speed stimulus passage after Biden meets with Dems

House votes to speed stimulus passage after Biden meets with Dems

The House took the first step toward pushing Biden's relief package through Congress without GOP support.President Joe Biden makes brief remarks in the Oval Office at the White House. | Doug Mills-Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden met with Democrats on Wednesday as the House took its first step toward passing his sprawling $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package through Congress without any Republican help.The lower chamber approved a budget measure in 218-212 vote, directing a dozen committees to start drafting the pieces of Biden’s bill, including $1,400 stimulus checks, $350 billion...

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House Dems on verge of sealing majority for Trump impeachment push

House Dems on verge of sealing majority for Trump impeachment push

Momentum to impeach the president a second time has only grown since last Wednesday's attack.Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks in the House Chamber to certify the 2020 presidential election. | Caroline Brehman/AP PhotoSpeaker Nancy Pelosi is on the cusp of majority support in the House to impeach President Donald Trump, part of a two-front effort to punish and remove him for inciting the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week.Key members of the House Judiciary Committee intend to introduce a single article of impeachment Monday that has already gathered 210 cosponsors, just shy of the...

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Pelosi to move forward with impeachment if Pence doesn't act to remove Trump

Pelosi to move forward with impeachment if Pence doesn't act to remove Trump

Democrats will immediately move to force the president from office for his role in inciting violent riots at the Capitol.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says it is necessary to impeach the president to protect the Constitution. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP PhotoSpeaker Nancy Pelosi issued Vice President Mike Pence an ultimatum on Sunday night — invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump in the coming days or Democrats will proceed this week with impeaching the president for an unprecedented second time.that if Pence refuses to act, Democrats will immediately move to force...

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Dems grapple with impeachment realities in race to punish Trump

Dems grapple with impeachment realities in race to punish Trump

Several top Democrats raised concerns that Joe Biden's early presidential agenda could be delayed for weeks by a Senate trial.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) | J. Scott Applewhite/AP PhotoSpeaker Nancy Pelosi and senior Democrats are still weighing whether to impeach President Donald Trump next week, concerned that the resulting Senate trial — all but certain to end in...

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'This unhinged person': Democrats speed toward Trump’s impeachment

'This unhinged person': Democrats speed toward Trump’s impeachment

Outrage is widespread among House leaders after Trump encouraged the mob who breached the Capitol.Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThe House is barreling toward the impeachment of President Donald Trump for fomenting violent riots at the U.S. Capitol this week, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi works to restrain the president in his final, chaotic days in office.Pelosi has yet to make a final decision on how precisely Democrats will proceed, including whether to pursue a constitutional process that could remove Trump without impeachment. In a statement Friday evening, Pelosi again pressured Trump to resign his...

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Pelosi calls for Trump’s immediate ouster after deadly riots

Pelosi calls for Trump’s immediate ouster after deadly riots

Her push gives weight to a Democratic effort to remove Trump, possibly through impeachment.Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called for Vice President Mike Pence to immediately initiate the removal of President Donald Trump, declaring him a seditious threat to the country who can’t be trusted to finish even the last two weeks of his term.Pelosi’s extraordinary statement, a day after Trump-inspired mobs ransacked the Capitol, lends significant weight to a mounting Democratic effort to oust Trump, either by impeaching him for the second time or pressuring Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke...

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Pelosi to seat Republican in contested Iowa race

Pelosi to seat Republican in contested Iowa race

Her spokesperson said Mariannette Miller-Meeks will be "provisionally" seated as the House examines the results.Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Wednesday that she plans to seat the GOP winner of a contested race in Iowa on Jan. 3, despite a pending challenge from the Democratic contender in the razor-thin election.Her decision avoids a brazen partisan showdown to kick off the 117th Congress, but it remains unclear if the GOP winner, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, will keep that seat for the entire two-year term, as Democrat Rita Hart continues to contest her six-vote loss, claiming not all legal...

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'Not quite ready yet': Democrats won’t take up Biden immigration plan this month

'Not quite ready yet': Democrats won’t take up Biden immigration plan this month

A dismal whip count came back this week showing House leaders don’t yet have the votes to pass the bill on the floor.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi listens to other members speak during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 2, 2021 in Washington, D.C. | Win McNamee/Getty ImagesTop House Democrats have promised to put key immigration bills on the floor this month — but President Joe Biden’s sweeping overhaul won’t be one of them.The issue of what to do with Biden’s comprehensive immigration plan has bedeviled Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team, particularly after a...

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