Hoyer predicts impeachment vote next week

Hoyer predicts impeachment vote next week
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House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerCentrist Democrats got their COVID bill, now they want a vote House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline MORE (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Democrats will likely impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE before Christmas, setting the stage for floor votes in the lower chamber next week.

Behind Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? MORE (D-Calif.), Democrats earlier Tuesday introduced two articles of impeachment related to Trump's pressure campaign on Ukrainian leaders for political favors. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court Schumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence MORE (D-N.Y.) said he'll move those articles through the panel this week — likely on Thursday — and Hoyer predicted the full House will vote on them before the winter holidays.

"Assuming that they ... report out articles, my presumption is that we will be considering them before we leave," Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol.

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Impeachment is just one of the enormous issues Democrats are hoping to pass by Dec. 20, when Congress is scheduled to recess for the year. The list includes a reauthorization of Pentagon funding, a sweeping government funding package to prevent a shutdown and a new trade accord with Mexico and Canada — a hard-fought deal that was announced Tuesday, shortly after Democrats introduced their impeachment articles.

Hoyer said the government-funding bills would be the top priority to allow the Senate time to move the package through the upper chamber next week.

He said the order of the remaining bills — trade and impeachment — remains to be determined.