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    Top Democrats are tamping down calls from liberal lawmakers to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for not recusing himself from cases related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. That despite text messages showing his wife pushing then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to fight to overturn the presidential election results. Democrats have voiced strong concerns that Ginni Thomas’s correspondences with conservative lawmakers' offices and Meadows ahead of the riot pose a conflict of interest, with a growing number arguing Clarence Thomas should step aside in cases pertaining to the 2020 election. While concerns remain, senior Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi have indicated that impeachment is an unlikely course of action. The California Democrat told members that it’s “up to an individual justice to decide to recuse himself if his wife is participating in a coup” during a House Democratic Caucus meeting on Tuesday morning. Another senior Democratic lawmaker told the Washington Examiner they "don't think" the push for impeachment has any teeth to it. Booting Thomas from the Supreme Court...
          President BidenJoe BidenFire breaks out at major nuclear plant in Ukraine amid fighting Russia inflames political war over gas prices, oil drilling  On The Money — Push to block Russian imports hits wall MORE next week will speak to Senate Democrats and House Democrats at their respective caucus retreats as the party charts its path ahead of November's midterms. Biden will speak Wednesday at the Senate Democratic caucus retreat, White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money — Push to block Russian imports hits wall Overnight Energy & Environment — White House says no to Russia oil ban Here are the Russians sanctioned by the US MORE told reporters. The president will address Democratic National Committee members on Thursday night at their winter meeting, and he will travel to Philadelphia on Friday to speak at the House Democratic caucus retreat. Last year, Biden and Vice President Harris address Democratic summits held virtually because of COVID-19 concerns.  The speeches to party members will come a week after Biden delivered his State of the Union, in which he laid...
    By Paul LeBlanc, Manu Raju and Morgan Rimmer | CNN Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio said Tuesday that Republican Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky poked her in the back and told her “kiss my a**” after she asked him to wear a mask before boarding the US Capitol’s subway system. Beatty, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, said in a string of tweets, “Today, while heading to the House floor for votes, I respectfully asked my colleague @RepHalRogers to put on a mask while boarding the train. He then poked my back, demanding I get on the train. When I asked him not to touch me, he responded, ‘kiss my a**.'” “This is the kind of disrespect we have been fighting for years, and indicative of the larger issue we have with GOP Members flaunting health and safety mandates designed to keep us and our staff safe,” Beatty continued. “@RepHalRogers, when you are ready to grow up and apologize for your behavior, you know where to find me.” Rogers told CNN Tuesday, “My words were not acceptable” and said...
    Washington (CNN)Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio said Tuesday that Republican Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky poked her in the back and told her "kiss my a**" after she asked him to wear a mask before boarding the US Capitol's subway system. Beatty, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, said in a string of tweets, "Today, while heading to the House floor for votes, I respectfully asked my colleague @RepHalRogers to put on a mask while boarding the train. He then poked my back, demanding I get on the train. When I asked him not to touch me, he responded, 'kiss my ass.'""This is the kind of disrespect we have been fighting for years, and indicative of the larger issue we have with GOP Members flaunting health and safety mandates designed to keep us and our staff safe," Beatty continued. "@RepHalRogers, when you are ready to grow up and apologize for your behavior, you know where to find me."Rogers told CNN Tuesday, "My words were not acceptable" and said he apologized to Beatty on the House floor and in a...
    WASHINGTON —  When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her reelection bid last week, it was a sign that Democrats may be in limbo for another nine months before knowing who their next leader will be. Pelosi, 81, has been the No. 1 Democrat in the House since 2003. The San Francisco lawmaker announced her intent in 2018 to abide by term limits for senior leadership positions, meaning her tenure would end this year. But when announcing her intent to run again for her congressional seat in November, she made no mention of what she will do after the election in terms of her leadership post. Colleagues declined to comment publicly about the sensitive issue of Democratic House leadership. But several lawmakers said they were not surprised Pelosi left the question open, given her reluctance to make herself a lame duck and the need for Democrats to focus on passing legislation rather than fighting over leadership. “She can’t announce that she’s not running in the middle of a session because it basically neuters her for getting anything else done,” said a...
    Anti-democratic House Republicans Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Elise Stefenik, and Jim Banks. All four voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus' (CHC) campaign arm has released English and Spanish-language digital ads slamming anti-democratic Congressional Republicans on the one-year anniversary of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.  “An attack on our democracy,” the ad’s narrator says. “Rioters in the Capitol. Beating police. Killing an officer. And Republican politicians? Silent.” Proving that point: When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a moment of silence on Thursday, just one lone House Republican bothered to show up.  “National Republicans turned their backs on our country,” the narrator’s ad continues. “It’s time for leaders who won’t look the other way.” x x YouTube Video “Republicans in Congress helped spread the 'Big Lie' and have consistently denied the full scale of violence at the Capitol, comparing the mob’s breaching of the building to a ‘normal tourist visit,” BOLD PAC Chair Ruben Gallego said in a statement received by Daily Kos. “One year later, they are still hiding the truth about the insurrection, turning...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has promised that the 117th Congress will be her last term at the top of the House Democratic Caucus, leaving New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as the front-runner to replace her. As part of a deal with a group of Democrats who opposed her return to the speakership in 2019, Pelosi agreed that she would serve a maximum of two more terms in the position. Although she has signaled a willingness to renege on the agreement, many Democrats believe that they will have a new leader in 2023. Jeffries is often mentioned as the next head of the caucus. The number five Democrat in the House, Jeffries would make history as the first black leader of a party in the lower chamber. Majority Whip James Clyburn, who is also black, previously ruled out a run for the top position. “I think it is very important and would have no problem saying that, if I had a crystal ball, I would want the leadership to be reflective of this wonderful democracy in America we live...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to step down at the end of this Congress after nearly two decades in Democratic leadership, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is the new favorite to lead the party.  While Jeffries, N.Y., chair of the House Democratic Caucus, is the favorite, the debate over who will succeed Pelosi, Calif., could lay to bare the deep divide between progressives and moderates.  Future leaders of the party could differ in their ideas for how to counter the GOP, as they brace for the possibility of serious losses in the midterm elections.  While interviews with more than two dozen Democrats made clear that Pelosi maintains the respect of those she leads, many members expressed a desire to move beyond the octogenarian leadership comprised of Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Md., and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, S.C.  Progressive chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal said she wanted 'more decentralized leadership.'  'I think there was a 'holding of power' model that worked very well for a long time, and I think now it is more about a recognition of different centers of focus...
    Democratic House caucus leaders are demanding that Rep. Lauren Boebert be removed from her committee assignments following racist remarks she made about Rep. Ilhan Omar, condemning the Colorado Republican for putting the progressive Democrat and Muslims across the U.S. in danger. In a statement released Wednesday, Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Congressional Asian Pacific American Chair Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Congressional Equality Caucus Chair David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) condemned both Boebert's conduct and the refusal of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to hold members of his caucus accountable for bigotry. "Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has absolutely failed in leading his caucus to condemn hatred and bigotry, much less to maintain any basic standards of decency within the halls of Congress," said the Democrats. "He is unwilling or unable to control his own members from inciting violence against other members of Congress or encouraging bigotry and hatred. If he cannot lead his own caucus, he certainly will never be able...
                        House of Delegates Minority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) outlined Republicans’ legislative goals for when they take majority control of the House, governor, attorney general, and lieutenant governor’s seats. In a press conference Friday, he said that win did give Republicans a mandate but said he was also aware of the need to work across the aisle since the Senate remains in Democratic control. He said the issues that Republicans raised during the campaigns would drive their agenda, including schools, cost of living, and public safety. “We know we have a divided government now, and for lots of reasons, we think at least in terms of administration of the institutions, we will probably work better with the Democratic leadership than the House leadership did,” Gilbert said. “We do believe that we have something to fall back on in terms of a mandate. We believe that a number of things that were passed by the General Assembly under unfettered Democratic control actually played a large part in the outcome of...
    Democrats asked reporters to do a better job selling President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, lamenting that press coverage has focused too heavily on the negotiation process instead of the "substance" of the plan. During a news conference Tuesday, members of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee were asked whether the party needed to change its messaging strategy so that the American public could understand what’s actually in the two bills they hope to pass, the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, with colleagues, speaks at a press conference following a meeting of the Democratic Caucus at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 2, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) BIDEN ADMIN STRESSES URGENCY OF CLOSING DEAL ON INFRASTRUCTURE, AS PROGRESSIVES SIGNAL NO RUSH Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., who co-chairs the committee, responded that it would be "helpful" if reporters could write more about what’s in the bills. "We’re also in a really different information ecosystem than we were in even a decade...
    President Joe Biden told reporters Friday that he was in no rush to see his bipartisan infrastructure bill and budget pass Congress as Democratic divisions over the two slow their path to becoming law. “We’re gonna get this done,” Biden said after meeting with the House Democratic caucus on Capitol Hill Friday. “It doesn’t matter when. It doesn’t matter whether it’s six minutes, six days or six weeks. We’re gonna get it done.” Biden met with House Democrats for approximately 30 minutes Friday afternoon as congressional leadership pleaded with him to become more involved in negotiations. And though optimistic, he reportedly told the caucus they would need to compromise on both bills if they did not want to end up with nothing at all. An infrastructure vote “ain’t going to happen until we reach an agreement on the next piece of legislation,” he said. President Joe Biden talks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after he met with the House Democratic caucus meeting at the Capitol Friday. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) While the House was supposed to vote on the Senate-passed infrastructure...
                        Georgia State House Minority Leader James Beverly (D-Macon) and other members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus on Monday demanded that Governor Brian Kemp and other state officials mandate COVID-19 masks at public schools. Beverly did not return The Georgia Star News’ request for comment Monday. We contacted the eight other caucus members who said in an emailed press release that public school students must wear masks. Seven of those eight state representatives did not respond before Monday’s stated deadline. State Representative Rhonda Burnough (D-Riverdale) responded to The Star News’ via email Monday. She did not answer our questions and instead sent a prepared statement. Burnough said in her statement that Kemp has “not laid a science-based foundation in their plans to reopen schools, which has compromised the wellbeing of the public, including our children.” “The state school superintendent’s office has not weighed in publicly or talked to parents, educators, students or other stakeholders about a plan for Georgia schools to open safely and keep students safe as...
    ATLANTA – House Minority Leader James Beverly (D-Macon), State Representatives Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta), Rhonda Burnough (D-Riverdale), Viola Davis (D-Stone Mountain), Shelly Hutchinson (D-Snellville), Donna McLeod (D-Lawrenceville), Rebecca Mitchell (D-Snellville), Mary Robichaux (D-Roswell) and Sandra Scott (D-Rex) urge the governor and the state school superintendent to take specific actions to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in Georgia. “The most powerful step the governor can take to prevent illness and deaths is to start being active rather than passive,” said these members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus in a joint statement. “We urge the governor and the state school superintendent to mandate masks and fund statewide incentive programs. Stop pushing back against vaccine verification and start invalidating anti-vaccine rhetoric. Take the active steps and come off the sidelines. Public health requires investment from the whole system, not just the grassroots advocacy. In one word, lead.” “This virus has been turned into a political issue by elected Republicans, and now our children and other individuals are dying,” said Rep. McLeod. “The...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden overcame skepticism, deep political polarization and legislative gamesmanship to win bipartisan approval in the Senate this week of his $1 trillion infrastructure bill. But as the bill moves to consideration in the House alongside a $3.5 trillion budget that achieves the rest of Biden’s agenda, the president is facing an even more complicated task. He must keep a diverse, sometimes fractious Democratic Party in line behind the fragile compromises that underpin both measures. If Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress hope to succeed with what they’ve called a two-track legislative strategy, the months ahead will almost certainly be dominated by a tedious balancing act. With exceedingly slim majorities in Congress, Biden can’t afford many defections in a party whose members include moderates and progressives. “Is it going to be easy?” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday. “Absolutely not. But if past is prologue, we got a chance — a decent chance.” The intra-party jockeying began even as the Senate was putting the finishing touches on its overnight voting marathon that...
    A sixth member of the fugitive Texas Democrats in Washington, D.C., has contracted COVID-19, the afflicted lawmaker revealed Tuesday. State Rep. Donna Howard tested positive on Monday, becoming the sixth member of the Texas House Democratic Caucus to have contracted the disease since the group traveled to the nation's capital to stonewall voting legislation from passing the state Legislature. "Despite following [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines and being fully vaccinated, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday," she said Tuesday, adding she was "basically asymptomatic except for some minor congestion." TWO MORE TEXAS DEMOCRATS DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 Following reports of three cases among the members Saturday, precautionary testing on Sunday revealed two additional members, both fully vaccinated, had contracted the disease, according to a press release from the Texas House Democratic Caucus. Texas House Democratic Caucus Chairman Chris Turner said the caucus is "following all [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance and protocols." On Monday, at least 51 state lawmakers traveled to Washington, D.C., to block the passage of the state's S.B. 1 and H.B....
    Democrats will no longer release a daily count of the number of coronavirus cases among the Democrat Texas state lawmakers who last week shirked their legislative duties and fled to Washington, DC, to avoid acting on voting laws, a spokeswoman for the Texas House Democrats said Monday. The delegation will no longer offer daily transparency in regard to the number of Texas House Democrats who have tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus, according to Texas House Democrats spokeswoman Cara Santucci. “We’re focusing on our daily testing, following and going beyond CDC guidelines, social distancing, and wearing masks as much as possible,” she said in a statement. “We’re just not going to release daily counts.” On Saturday, the Texas House Democratic Caucus leadership affirmed that three members who went on the trip to D.C., shirking their legislative duties, tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus, despite being fully vaccinated. “The House Democratic Caucus is following all CDC guidance and protocols,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Chris Turner said in a statement Saturday. “This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and though...
    What are the details? The Texas House Democratic Caucus announced Saturday that one member of the caucus who fled Texas tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. After the positive result, all lawmakers and staff took rapid tests, which returned two additional positive results. The THDC did not identify the lawmakers who tested positive, but said all three were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The members who tested positive are isolating for 10 days. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Chris Turner said in a statement:The House Democratic Caucus is following all CDC guidance and protocols. This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and though vaccinations offer tremendous protection, we still must take necessary precautions. We are in touch with public health experts in Texas to provide additional guidance. Our caucus will follow all recommendations from public health experts as we continue our work.Although all Texas House Democrats have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the positive tests are perhaps no surprise given the lawmakers have spent the week in confined spaces without masks. One viral image, for example, showed the Democratic...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Two more Texas House Democrats who flew to Washington, D.C. last week to block a vote on Republicans’ elections bill have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to five since Friday. The Texas House Democratic Caucus on Saturday said one member tested positive on Friday and two others on Saturday. Now, two more have gotten the virus, a person familiar with the situation told CBS News. READ MORE: Man Allegedly Stole Valuable Luka Doncic Card At Dallas Card Show And Tried To Sell At Same Event, Police Say All five of the members are fully vaccinated. “The House Democratic Caucus is following all CDC guidance and protocols. This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and though vaccinations offer tremendous protection, we still must take necessary precautions. We are in touch with public health experts in Texas to provide additional guidance. Our caucus will follow all recommendations from public health experts as we continue our work,” Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Chris Turner said in a statement on Saturday. Later in the...
    WASHINGTON D.C. -- As of Saturday morning, three Texas House Democrats, who happen to be fully vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 while in Washington, D.C., according to a statement from the Texas House Democratic Caucus.The first member tested positive for the virus on Friday night and immediately informed the caucus, according to representatives from the organization.The video above is from a previous story.Other members of the caucus took rapid COVID-19 tests and were negative for the virus.The next morning, the two other members tested positive. All three members are now isolating."The House Democratic Caucus is following all CDC guidance and protocols. This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and though vaccinations offer tremendous protection, we still must take necessary precautions," Chris Turner, the House Democratic Caucus Chairman, said in a statement. "We are in touch with public health experts in Texas to provide additional guidance. Our caucus will follow all recommendations from public health experts as we continue our work."As for the members who tested negative, they will undergo daily COVID-19 tests.Republican Texas House Speaker Dade...