President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly concerned that implementation of his agenda will be slowed significantly by the insistence of Democrats to impeach President Trump for a second time.
House Democrats are expected to begin debate on impeachment Wednesday morning, setting up Trump to possibly be the first President to ever be impeached twice.
The earliest the Senate could begin an impeachment trial would be January 20th, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which is the day of Biden’s inauguration.
Biden, knowing that the Senate process for potential conviction would be time-consuming, is concerned his agenda could get derailed right out of the gate.
“I had a discussion today with some of the folks in the House and Senate,” Biden told reporters.
“The question is whether or not, for example, if the House moves forward – which they obviously are – with the impeachment and sends it over to the Senate, whether or not we can bifurcate this,” he revealed.
Trump impeachment collides with Biden’s agenda https://t.co/qXBFzeuz2W
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) January 12, 2021
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Biden’s correct in asserting that the impeachment process could get in the way of his agenda.
Confirmation of Cabinet picks, for example, might have to take a backseat to what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defines as an “imminent threat” to “our Democracy.”
Fox News reports that Senators in such a scenario would, according to Senate rules, meet six days a week, taking only Sunday off.
Biden wants to split time, it would seem.
“Can we go half-day on dealing with the impeachment and half-day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate?” he asked.
Perhaps he’s unsure of what ‘imminent’ means. Or perhaps the Trump impeachment is not quite the threat Pelosi is making it out to be.
Biden concerned impeachment effort will delay work on virus, agenda, asks Congress to split time | Just The Newshttps://t.co/RtKJwHr8Cc
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) January 12, 2021
House May Delay Sending Articles to Senate
Senate Minority – soon to be Majority – Leader Chuck Schumer indicated that his colleagues might have to do as Biden asks and split time on the matters of the day.
“We’re going to have to do several things at once, but we’ve got to move the agenda as well,” Schumer told the Buffalo News. “Yes, we’ve got to do both.”
House Majority Whip James Clyburn might have a plan to help put impeachment on the backburner altogether while Biden starts to get his agenda rolling.
Earlier this week, Clyburn said House Democrats may wait until Biden’s first 100 days in office to send articles of impeachment to the Senate.
Rep. Jim Clyburn: “Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running and maybe we will send the articles [of impeachment against Trump] sometime after that.” https://t.co/8nQEnOyzZs pic.twitter.com/jSt9F74kBO
— The Hill (@thehill) January 11, 2021
“It just so happens that if it didn’t go over there for 100 days, it could – let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running, and maybe we’ll send the articles sometime after that,” Clyburn said.
A report last month indicates Biden was poised to unleash “a flurry” of executive orders aimed at “undoing” the Trump administration’s efforts to reform key government agencies.
His agenda though might be derailed thanks to his own party’s games.
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