CDC’s Walensky defends mask-wearing for younger children
Responding to a question from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., during a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, defended the wearing of masks for young children to slow the spread of coronavirus.news.yahoo.com
Chief: Police heeded Capitol attack warnings but overwhelmed
In this Feb. 2, 2021 file photo, acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman pays respects to U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington. However, she denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection. AdEven if it had reached the top officials, Pittman argued, Capitol Police wouldn't have done anything differently. Before she was named acting police chief — Sund, the former chief, resigned after the riot — Pittman was the assistant chief in charge of intelligence operations. In her testimony, Pittman denied that race played a role in the failure to heed warning signs.
Pelosi says independent commission will examine Capitol riot
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Congress will establish an independent, Sept. 11-style commission to look into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. In a letter to Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said the House will also put forth supplemental spending to boost security at the Capitol. After former President Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second Senate impeachment trial, bipartisan support appeared to be growing for an independent commission to examine the deadly insurrection. AdInvestigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. An independent commission along the lines of the one that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks would probably require legislation to create.
Support grows for Capitol riot inquiry after Trump acquittal
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., walks on Capitol Hill after the Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. Trump was accused of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the acquittal gives him a historic second victory in the court of impeachment. Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. We needed more senators with spines.”AdMcConnell told Republican senators shortly before the vote that he would vote to acquit Trump. Beutler's statement late Friday that Trump rebuffed a plea from House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to call off the rioters was ultimately entered into the trial record.
Dem retreat on witnesses brings messy end to Trump trial
The House Democrats charged that Trump incited the violent insurrection, which left five dead, and the former president appeared to side with the rioters on the call. A few hours later, the Senate voted to acquit Trump, 57-43, the majority falling short of the two-thirds needed for conviction. The momentary chaos, and the House Democrats’ eventual retreat on witnesses, was emblematic of the prosecutors’ challenge throughout the trial. But “we overwhelmingly proved our case.”Several senators agreed — three of the seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump had voted not to call witnesses. “The House managers did a masterful job,” he said after the final vote.
Senate nears verdict in Trump impeachment trial after moving ahead without witnesses
The Senate reversed course on Saturday and declined to call witnesses in former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, after a surprise vote allowing testimony threatened to delay the process. After reaching an agreement to bypass calling witnesses, the House impeachment managers and Trump's lawyers moved on to up to four hours of closing arguments. The Senate is now moving to vote on the impeachment charge, incitement to insurrection. Once it voted to allow testimony, the chamber could have with a simple majority called specific witnesses. The Senate voted to allow witnesses by a 55-45 margin, as five Republicans joined all Democrats.cnbc.com
The Latest: Biden says all Americans must 'defend the truth'
___HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S SECOND SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL:The Senate met in a rare weekend session to wrap up Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. He joked: “We’re going to Disney World!”AdThe vote on Trump’s impeachment was 57-43, with seven Republicans joining all Democrats to vote for Trump’s conviction. 3:55Seven Republicans have voted to convict former President Donald Trump at his Senate impeachment trial. The proceedings in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial have come to an abrupt halt, with senators seemingly confused about the next steps. AdClosing arguments are expected Saturday in the impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump.
Rep. Herrera Beutler in middle of impeachment trial turmoil
(Al Drago/Pool via AP, File)VANCOUVER, Wash. – Jaime Herrera Beutler has spent a decade in Congress as a low-key moderate Republican who largely avoided heated partisan battles. Herrera Beutler has worked to help other families facing long-term medical crises and has pushed legislation to make child care more affordable. Like other Republicans who broke with Trump, Herrera Beutler was condemned by her local and state party. Herrera Beutler said people should not be surprised by her recent statements surrounding impeachment and her conversation with McCarthy. ___This story has been corrected to reflect that Herrera Beutler represents Washington's 3rd Congressional District.
Dem-led House, drawing a line, kicks Greene off committees
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – A fiercely divided House tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees Thursday, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Though Trump left the White House two week ago, his devoted followers are numerous among the party’s voters, and he and Greene are allies. Even social media stars like Greene could find it harder to define themselves without the spotlights that committees provide. Thune said House Republicans needed to issue a “really strong” rebuke of Greene’s conspiratorial formulations. The House resolution punishing Greene was barely over a page.
GOP Congresswoman on voting to impeach Trump: "I felt like I had to"
asked Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, of Washington State, was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump. "I don't know," Herrera Beutler replied. Watch: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler describe her experience as the Capitol was under attack:Ahead on #CBSSunday Pres. But whatever happens to President Trump, there is still the question of healing the rift in a deeply-divided country.cbsnews.com
An unprecedented impeachment
An unprecedented impeachment President Donald Trump became the first chief executive to be impeached twice, when the House of Representatives voted this past week that he had incited a violent insurrection upon the U.S. Capitol. Correspondent Rita Braver talks with GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who joined with nine other Republicans to vote for impeachment.cbsnews.com
Veteran House incumbents cling to seats as districts evolve
But there’s a smaller category of lawmakers like Peterson and GOP Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio who also merit attention: long-term incumbents of both parties fighting to preserve their careers. Over 90% of House incumbents are usually reelected, thanks to name recognition and campaign fundraising advantages. “There are people who traditionally voted Republican who don't identify with the current Republican Party," Schroder, 43, a businesswoman and local public health official, said in an interview. Democratic and Republican campaign committees and other organizations allied with party leadership are aiming the bulk of their spending at each others' softest seats and defending vulnerable incumbents. The Congressional Leadership Fund, aligned with House GOP leadership, planned to spend $3.3 million more, which Republicans said could grow.
Coronavirus response hurt by lack of funding for public health labs, CDC director tells Congress
Lack of funding has hampered the federal government's response to the coronavirus outbreak, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told lawmakers Tuesday. "The truth is we've underinvested in the public health labs," Redfield told them. "There's not enough equipment, there's not enough people, there's not enough internal capacity, there's no search capacity," he said. According to health policy organization Trust for America's Health, the CDC's budget fell by 10% from 2010 to 2019. The CDC is partnering with Integrated DNA Technologies to manufacture the tests under a CDC contract.cnbc.com