Democrats split on impeachment trial timing, as White House says Senate should ‘multitask'
Added 01-21-21 09:29:02am EST - “Democrats are divided about the timing of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, worried it could hamstring? President Biden's ability to implement his agenda in the early days? of his administration.?” - Foxnews.com
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Democrats are divided about the timing of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, worried it could hamstring President Biden's ability to implement his agenda in the early days of his administration.
Absent a broader agreement among leadership, Senate rules dictate that during impeachment, which often lasts for weeks, senators must meet six days a week, taking only Sunday off, potentially hindering the new administration. Biden signaled that he was exploring ways to advance his plan to tackle the dual health and economic crises while still pursuing impeachment.
"We are confident that, just like the American people can, the Senate can also multitask and they can do their constitutional duty while continuing to conduct the business of the American people," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, hours after Biden's inauguration. "He's going to leave the mechanics to Congress on how to moves forward with impeachment."
While Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has indicated that he's open to establishing a new set of rules that would allow lawmakers to split time between the trial and the legislative business of confirming Biden's nominees — "we've got to move the agenda as well," he said recently — it appears unlikely that Republicans will support such a move.
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