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Acting Capitol Police Chief Apologizes to Congress

Pittman admits the department should have been prepared for the Jan. 6 attack

(Newser) - Acknowledging that the Capitol Police department "failed to meet its own high standards" during the Jan. 6 riot, the agency's acting chief apologized to a House committee on Tuesday. The police department knew there was a "strong potential for violence" that day but didn't do enough...

Dem Lawmaker Claims Capitol Raid Was an Inside Job

Mikie Sherrill says she saw lawmakers leading people through Capitol on 'reconnaissance' mission

(Newser) - Rep. Mikie Sherrill is claiming that members of Congress led people through the Capitol on a "reconnaissance" mission a day before last week's riot. Sherrill, a New Jersey Democrat, took to Facebook Live on Tuesday to explain why she voted in favor of a resolution asking Vice President...

3rd Lawmaker Tests Positive, Points a Finger

Rep. Brad Schneider blames Republicans, too

(Newser) - Make that three lawmakers who've tested positive for coronavirus after sheltering at the US Capitol. Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider announced Tuesday that he had tested positive, joining fellow Democrats Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state. Coleman and Jayapal both assigned blame...

2nd Lawmaker Tests Positive, Blames Maskless 'Idiocy'

Rep. Pramila Jayapal had predicted 'a superspreader event'

(Newser) - A second lawmaker has tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering with colleagues during the Capitol riot. Washington state Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, says she tested positive late Monday after learning of possible exposure , pe r NBC News . Like New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, who tested positive earlier Monday,...

House Democrats Introduce Article of Impeachment

Vote could take place this week

(Newser) - The first moves in what promises to be another tumultuous week in DC have been made: House Democrats on Monday introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump, formally accusing him of inciting last week's riot, reports the Hill . The move by Democrats David Cicilline, Ted Lieu, and Jamie...

Doctor Warns Lawmakers of Possible Virus Exposure

House members were in a hearing room with an infected person during Capitol attack

(Newser) - Lawmakers who took refuge during the attack on the Capitol might have been in a room with a person infected with the coronavirus, Congress' attending physician warned Sunday. Some House members spent several hours in the committee hearing room, Dr. Brian Monahan wrote in an email to lawmakers. "During...

Security Increases for Lawmakers' Travel

Members of Congress have been harassed in airports

(Newser) - After supporters of President Trump harassed two senators at a Washington airport, security has been increased for members of Congress traveling to and from the capital. The stepped-up measures will be in effect through the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, Axios reports. Lawmakers were told of the...

Capitol Police Chief Submits Resignation

House, Senate sergeants-at-arms have also been ousted

(Newser) - Three top security officials at the Capitol have resigned following widespread criticism of the lack of preparedness blamed for Wednesday's breach. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund has resigned effective Jan. 16, meaning he will be gone before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, Politico reports. Michael Stenger, the Senate sergeant-at-arms,...

House, Senate Reject Challenge to Biden Arizona Win

As Mike Pence condemns the violence

(Newser) - Congress did indeed return to work Wednesday night after the afternoon violence in DC . The Senate was gaveled back into session shortly after 8pm, about six hours after pro-Trump protesters forced them to flee the Capitol. "Let's get back to work," Vice President Mike Pence told senators...

McConnell, Pelosi Want Vote Count to Finish Tonight

'We must not be intimidated or prevented from fulfilling our constitutional duty,' Romney says

(Newser) - Lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell don't want an invasion of the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters to stop them finishing their day's work. An aide to McConnell says the Republican wants senators to return Wednesday night to resume the electoral vote count, the Washington ...

Trump Slams Pence for Lacking 'Courage'

VP said he didn't have authority to reject electoral college votes

(Newser) - President Trump urged Vice President Pence to "come through for us" and reject Electoral College votes Wednesday—but his hopes were dashed before the joint session of Congress to certify the results began. In a statement issued just as he was to begin presiding over the session, the AP...

What to Expect When Congress Meets Wednesday

GOP objections to vote count could delay certification for 12 hours

(Newser) - By now, everyone knows the drill: Congress meets Wednesday to formally certify the electoral college results, with VP Mike Pence scheduled to preside. This is normally routine stuff, with the joint session lasting all of 23 minutes in 2013 and 41 minutes in 2017, notes CBS News . But the 2021...

Democrats Push Through House Rules Changes

Remote voting will be allowed until Feb. 18

(Newser) - Democrats controlling the House moved Monday to tighten their hold over the chamber despite their narrow margin, ramming through a rules package that limits the potential for embarrassing votes and caters to the party's progressive wing by weakening deficit-neutrality requirements for legislation such as a "Green New Deal....

Pence Backs GOP Effort to Invalidate Biden's Win

Vice president, who will be presiding, 'welcomes the efforts' of congressional Republicans

(Newser) - The Republicans in Congress hoping to throw out President-elect Joe Biden's election victory this week still don't have enough votes—or evidence—to do that, but they'll evidently have the support of the official at the microphone. Vice President Mike Pence, who will be presiding over the...

Trump Makes Abrupt Change to NYE Plans

No official explanation has been given why president, first lady are heading back to DC

(Newser) - Usually on the morning of Dec. 31, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump are prepping for their annual New Year's Eve bash at Mar-a-Lago. This year, however, there's been a change of plans. Per Fox News , the White House on Wednesday evening suddenly released a schedule showing...

House Supports Handing Trump First Veto Override

Defense spending bill needs two-thirds support in the Senate to become law

(Newser) - For the first time, President Trump lost a congressional vote on a veto override on Monday. The House vote to enact the annual defense bill over Trump's veto was 322-87, well beyond the two-thirds support needed to pass the measure, the Hill reports. The vote the first time around...

Limbo on COVID Relief Starts Hitting Home Saturday

Unemployment benefits for millions begin expiring

(Newser) - The impasse in DC on a COVID relief package begins to get very real on Saturday for millions of Americans. Two programs set up during the pandemic to provide benefits for the unemployed expire, reports CNBC . One helps self-employed and gig workers and the other provides $300 a week to...

'Several People Broke Down Crying in Phone Interviews'

'Washington Post' interviews those on brink of losing jobless aid or their businesses

(Newser) - It's a rough read for Christmas Day. But the Washington Post interviews 10 people pushed to the financial brink because of the pandemic who can't understand why Congress and the White House haven't been able to agree on a relief package. "Several people broke down crying...

Attempt to Increase COVID Relief Checks Fails in House

House Democrats side with Trump on bigger amount, but Republicans block measure

(Newser) - So how much will Americans get in COVID relief payments, and when will they get it? Check back Monday. House Democrats and Republicans engaged in a quick battle of legislative maneuvers on Thursday that effectively punted the issue into next week. The recap: Earlier this week, Congress passed legislation that...

Top Congressional Leaders Reach COVID Relief Deal

Sen. Mitch McConnell says 'More help is on the way'

(Newser) - Congressional leaders announced Sunday that a COVID relief bill is in the bag, the New York Times reports. "We can finally report what our nation has needed to hear for a very long time: More help is on the way," said Sen. Mitch McConnell. With just hours left...

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