Joe Biden starts first full day in office as president – US politics live

Joe Biden starts first full day in office as president – US politics liveJanuary 21, 2021

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Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader, announced a change in the chamber’s schedule. The House will now be out next week and will return the week of February 1.

On the @HouseDemocrats call this morning, I announced the following change to the House schedule: the week of Jan. 25 will now be a Committee work week. The House will now be in session the week of Feb. 1.

In recent days, Democrats on the Hill and incoming administration officials have been privately discussing several potential paths to bringing legislation to the floor quickly. One of the leading options is a powerful budgetary maneuver that would allow Democrats to evade a Senate filibuster and muscle their package through both chambers with virtually no support from Republicans.

But that tool — known as reconciliation — would be a divisive first move for a Biden administration insistent on bipartisanship. It’s also an imperfect process: any bill would likely be limited in scope to comply with strict budget rules, and Democratic leaders would have zero room for error to secure the 51 votes for passage in the Senate. …

This is Joan Greve in Washington, taking over for Martin Belam.

House Democrats are discussing the possibility of sending over the article of impeachment as soon as tomorrow, according to CNN.

House Dems in discussions to send over the articles of impeachment to the Senate as early as Friday, two sources tell @FoxReports and me, but a complicating factor remains the fact that former President Donald Trump still does not have a lawyer to represent him in a Senate trial.

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