Hoyer predicts impeachment vote next week

Hoyer predicts impeachment vote next week
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House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse pays tribute to late Congressman Sam Johnson on the floor Barbara Lee: Congress should focus on eliminating poverty House cancels planned Thursday vote on FISA MORE (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Democrats will likely impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America MORE before Christmas, setting the stage for floor votes in the lower chamber next week.

Behind Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers 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 NadlerHouse Democrats call on DOJ to investigate recent killings of unarmed black people  Gun control group rolls out House endorsements The House impeachment inquiry loses another round — and yes, that's still going on 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.