On Thursday, as the 116th Congress reconvened, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was officially elected speaker of the House. The most diverse Congress in history was ushered in by Pelosi, including the first Native American woman, first two Muslim women, and some of the first African-American women to ever be elected by their states.
According to The Chicago Tribune:
‘Pelosi, elected speaker 220-192, took the gavel saying U.S. voters “demanded a new dawn” in the November election that swept the Democrats to a House majority and are looking to “the beauty of our Constitution” to provide checks and balances on power.’
As part of her role, Pelosi formally invited Mr. Trump to deliver the annual State of the Union Address on January 29. Pelosi wrote in a letter:
‘The Constitution established the legislative, executive and judicial branches as co-equal branches of government, to be a check and balance on each other. The Constitution also calls for the President to “from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union.”‘
Speaker Pelosi said:
‘I look forward to welcoming you to the Congress.’
According to The Washington Examiner:
‘Bipartisan leadership from both chambers will meet with Trump Friday for a second time this week to try to negotiate a deal to fund nine agencies whose funding has lapsed because of a fight over whether to include border wall funding. Trump has requested more than $5 billion to secure the border, a figure Democrats have balked at.’
The partial government shutdown has lasted for nearly two weeks thus far, and has left more than 800,000 federal employees affected. Nearly 400,000 federal government workers have been furloughed while others who have been deemed essential are working without a paycheck.
Upon her election as speaker, Pelosi faced 15 dissenting votes from fellow Democrats. However, she was generally received well by her colleagues. According to The Chicago Tribune, Pelosi began her day as the newly elected speaker by inviting many of her fellow lawmakers’ children to the dais as she was sworn in, calling The House to order “on behalf of all of America’s children.”
The Tribune reported:
‘Even Trump congratulated her during a rare appearance at the White House briefing room, saying her election by House colleagues was “a tremendous, tremendous achievement.” The president has tangled often with Pelosi and is sure to do so again with Democrats controlling the House, but he said, “I think it’ll be a little bit different than a lot of people are thinking.”‘
In the past, Trump has faced Republican majorities during his addresses. However, this year Mr. Trump will likely face much opposition from the Democratic majority who will not be cheering his words and may be staging protests.
Among one of the most significant things that could take place under Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership is Donald Trump’s impeachment. Steve Okun, senior advisor at U.S.-based geopolitical consulting firm McLarty Associates noted comments by Jerry Nadler, the expected chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, that Trump may have committed “impeachable offenses.”
‘Whether the Democrats will impeach Trump, he didn’t say, but he said he committed impeachable offenses and that came with the hush money cover up and certainly can come with the obstruction of justice with the Mueller report comes out.’
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