House Democrats have hit the ground running with their new majority and are showing the country their true priorities.
- Filed articles of impeachment against President Trump
2. Introduced a bill to change the rules of the Electoral College
3. Announced an ethics proposal to look into President Trump’s tax returns and potential conflicts of interests
4. Passed a bill to fund the government without border wall funding
Quite the list.
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) plans to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday — the first day that Democrats control the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Sherman first filed such articles in 2017, though they had no chance of going anywhere in the Republican-controlled House. Other Democrats joined his effort over the months that followed, without much effect.
Sherman, who was until recently considered a “moderate,” is close to the Bill and Hillary Clinton wing of the Democratic Party. He backed Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Democratic presidential primary in 2016, and has adopted hawkish foreign policy positions in the past. But in the two years since Trump won the presidency, Sherman has — like some other “moderates” — become obsessed with removing Trump.
Shortly after being sworn into Congress, fellow Democrat and new Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib told a group of supporters that she would impeach the president.
“People love you and you win. And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won. Bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t, because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf–ker,” Tlaib said via BizPac Review, which was met with thunderous applause from her supporters.
Watch her make the statement here.
As BizPac Review reports, Tlaib previously called for Trump’s impeachment in a column she co-authored in the Detroit Free Press. In it, she wrote: “each passing day brings more pain for the people most directly hurt by this president” and “the time for impeachment proceedings is now.”
“President Donald Trump is a direct and serious threat to our country,” the Michigan congresswoman continued. “On an almost daily basis, he attacks our Constitution, our democracy, the rule of law and the people who are in this country. His conduct has created a constitutional crisis that we must confront now.”
After slamming the president and filing articles of impeachment (which are not expected to get a full vote by the chamber), Democrat Steve Cohen introduced a proposal to abolish the Electoral College.
Also from BizPac Review:
Wasting little time targeting the Constitution, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., introduced a proposed amendment to abolish the Electoral College, an endeavor that undermines the founding fathers’ efforts to prevent the “tyranny of the majority,” as characterized by James Madison, who is considered the Father of the Constitution.
Cohen said Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election and Al Gore’s loss in the 2000 election, who both won the popular vote, “did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College.”
“Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office. More than a century ago, we amended our Constitution to provide for the direct election of U.S. Senators. It is past time to directly elect our President and Vice President,” the Tennessee lawmaker continued.
The proposal would fundamentally change the landscape of national elections, making the electoral system a direct democracy rather than a republic.
Democrats also took aim at President Trump’s tax returns and potential conflicts of interest in a new ethics proposal, ABC News reports.
Per the report:
As one of their first big-ticket legislative proposals of the new Congress, House Democrats on Friday will unveil a sweeping anti-corruption, campaign finance and ethics reform package that takes aim at long-simmering concerns about President Donald Trump’s possible conflicts of interest between his actions as president and his family business.
The massive proposal, known as “The For the People Act” and designated as “House Resolution 1,” also includes dozens of measures from Democrats on ethics and campaign finance reform, voting rights and election security. It would also require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release 10 years of their personal tax returns and require sitting presidents and vice presidents to do the same.
As an extra swipe to Trump, newly-elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats passed a bill which would fund the government which did not include money for the border wall.
From Associated Press:
On their first day in the majority, House Democrats have passed a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump’s promised border wall.
The largely party-line votes Thursday night came after Trump made a surprise appearance at the White House briefing room, pledging to keep up the fight for his signature campaign promise.
“We’re not doing a wall. Does anyone have any doubt that we’re not doing a wall?” Pelosi told reporters at a news conference Thursday night.
This is just the first day of the new Democratic-majority…Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.