Pete Aguilar’s rising star status meets the moment at Jan. 6 hearing
The four-term congressman from Southern California is poised to vault high up into Democratic leadership circles whenever the caucus makes its generational shift, with a possible path to becoming the first Hispanic speaker of the House.washingtonpost.com
Jan. 6 probe says Pence's 'life was in danger' during Capitol riot after he rejected Trump's demands: Here are the other takeaways from the hearing
The panel focused on John Eastman, a lawyer advising Trump who pushed the theory that Pence could take decisive action that could overturn Biden's election win.cnbc.com
There was just ‘40 feet between the vice president and the mob’ on Jan. 6, Aguilar says
The violent mob that spilled into the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was at times dangerously close to then-Vice President Mike Pence, posing an immediate threat to his life, according to testimony during Thursday's Jan. 6 hearing.latimes.com
Judge: Trump’s theory about Pence’s election powers has ‘no basis’
The idea that Vice President Mike Pence could have effectively deemed Trump the winner of the 2020 election is legally baseless and amounts to "constitutional mischief," retired federal Judge J. Michael Luttig tells the Jan. 6 committee.latimes.com
Trump’s pressure campaign on Pence is focus of third hearing on Jan. 6 insurrection
The committee will lay out the last-ditch plan pushed by California lawyer John Eastman and former President Trump to persuade Pence to reject the votes of certain states or send results back to state legislatures to determine whether fraud occurred.latimes.com
Push to make Daylight Saving Time permanent springs forward in Senate, falls back in House
For the past 80 years, a ritual takes place across most of America every spring and fall: moving clocks an hour ahead or an hour behind, namely daylight saving time or standard time. However, much to everyone’s surprise, the Senate unanimously approved a measure on March 15 to make daylight saving time permanent across the United States next year. “It’s an important step, but I look forward to hearing from other members,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the No. Members of Congress have long been interested in daylight saving time’s potential benefits and costs since it was first adopted as a wartime measure in 1942. The bill would make daylight saving time permanent, eliminating the hated twice-a-year ritual of moving clocks back and forward by an hour.mlive.com
U.S. House stops the clock on making daylight saving time permanent
For the past 80 years, a ritual takes place across most of America every Spring and Fall: moving clocks an hour ahead or an hour behind, namely daylight saving time or standard time. However, much to everyone’s surprise, the Senate unanimously approved a measure on March 15 to make daylight saving time permanent across the United States next year. The bipartisan bill, named the Sunshine ...news.yahoo.com
Congress rushes to send aid to Ukraine, with more likely to come
While the perennial spending fights continue to be laced with partisan venom, lawmakers in both parties have pledged an unusual level of unity in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This sets up what could become a long march of congressionally approved funds to battle against Putin’s latest act of aggression.washingtonpost.com
Screaming match on Capitol steps: Marjorie Taylor Greene and Democrats get heated
Firebrand Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene exchanged screams and harsh words with Democrats gathering on the Capitol steps for a press conference right after the House passed a bill to protect abortion rights on Friday.news.yahoo.com
Pelosi appoints Liz Cheney to House select committee investigating Jan. 6
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is one of eight members she has selected to serve on the select committee that will investigate the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.Why it matters: The former GOP conference chair was ousted from leadership for her opposition to Donald Trump's election lies. She is the only Republican hand-picked by Pelosi to serve on the 13-member committee.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Marknews.yahoo.com
Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate
“We have no time to waste,” Biden said at the White House after the House passage early Saturday. That ships the bill to the Senate, where Democrats seem bent on resuscitating their minimum wage push and fights could erupt over state aid and other issues. Biden said weeks ago that he didn't expect the minimum wage increase to survive the Senate's rules. But those same Senate rules prohibit provisions with only an “incidental” impact on the federal budget because they are chiefly driven by other policy purposes. Republicans oppose the $15 minimum wage target as an expense that would hurt businesses and cost jobs.
House passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote
The new president’s vision for flushing cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities battered by COVID-19 passed on a near party-line 219-212 vote. Biden said weeks ago that he didn't expect the minimum wage increase to survive the Senate's rules. But those same Senate rules prohibit provisions with only an “incidental” impact on the federal budget because they are chiefly driven by other policy purposes. MacDonough decided that the minimum wage provision failed that test. Republicans oppose the $15 minimum wage target as an expense that would hurt businesses and cost jobs.
Pelosi wins her party’s nod for a final term as House speaker. That was the easy part ...
With no challenger in sight, Speaker Nancy Pelosi breezed through her reelection bid in Wednesday’s House leadership vote and moved closer to what is expected to be her final two-year term in the high-profile post. Heading into the election, House Democrats had a majority of 232 to 197, with one Libertarian and five open seats. But on top of that, our leverage and our power [are] greatly enhanced by having a Democratic president in the White House,” Pelosi said. Two other Californians are among those jockeying for a spot in the Democratic leadership this week. To secure the speaker’s gavel in 2018 amid backlash from those who wanted fresh leadership, Pelosi agreed to term limits that would prevent her from running again after 2022.latimes.com
These 137 Democrats voted to kill Trump impeachment resolution
(CNN) - One hundred and thirty seven House Democrats on Wednesday voted to kill an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump in a vote that exposed party divisions on the issue in the House. The House easily defeated an effort from Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green to impeach Trump in the first vote that Congress has taken related to impeachment since Democrats took control of the chamber. Green was able to force the vote under House rules, in what amounted to the most direct challenge yet to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handling of impeachment. Here is a list of the 137 Democrats who voted against the resolution. All rights reserved.