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House Democrats' quick 25th Amendment push urging Pence to remove Trump blocked by Republicans

- FOX NEWS - Jan 11, 2021 -

Brooke Singman | Fox News -

Vice President Mike Pence officiates as a joint session of the House and Senate reconvenes to confirm the Electoral College votes at the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

House Republicans blocked quick consideration of a bill calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office amid fallout from last week’s Capitol riot.

Democrats asked for consideration of a bill calling on Pence to mobilize the 25th Amendment, but Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.V., objected Monday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she would bring the bill to the floor if the unanimous consent request was blocked.

"The President represents an imminent threat to our Constitution, our Country and the American people, and he must be removed from office immediately," Pelosi said in a statement Monday, noting that House Republicans rejected the legislation, and claimed they were "enabling the President’s unhinged, unstable and deranged acts of sedition to continue."

"Their complicity endangers America, erodes our Democracy, and it must end," she said.

Pelosi announced that the House would take up the legislation, and said House Democrats are "further calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours after passage."

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Monday announced on a call with the House Democratic Caucus that lawmakers should plan to return to Washington for Tuesday to consider the resolution, introduced by Rep. Jamie Raskin, regarding the 25th Amendment. Hoyer said votes will be at 7:30 p.m. at the earliest Tuesday.

The calls for Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment come from top Democrats in both chambers of Congress.


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