NEW: Speaker Pelosi implementing FINES for members who don't wear a mask on the House floor

$500 fine for first offense.

$2,500 for second office.

Fines will be deducted from Member pay (no use of campaign funds or MRA for fines).
In addition, the House Office Building Commisssion will be immediately considering the implementation of a similar fine system for non-compliance in office buildings.
This comes after THREE Dem members tested positive for COVID after having to quarantine in secure room with Republicans last Weds who refused to wear masks
One of those Dems is Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a 75-year-old immunocompromised cancer survivor who went to great care to isolate and stay away from the Capitol as pandemic raged to stay safe until she had to be here last week.
And here's the op-ed from Rep. Watson Coleman today, a must read if you haven't already:

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…

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11 Jan
House pro forma session beginning now.

Dems expected to introduce article of impeachment and try to pass Raskin's 25th Amendment bill via UC

c-span.org/video/?507803-…
"The destruction, the damage and the deaths of our fellow Americans were deeply disturbing," new House Chaplain Margaret Kibben says in opening prayer
Now House clerk reading resignation of House Sgt at Arms Paul Irving.

Irving, Senate SAA Stenger and Capitol Police Chief Sund were all forced to step down after last week's deadly riots.
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10 Jan
NEWS: Speaker Pelosi and top Dems held two hour call tonight weighing impeachment options.

TOP line: No decision made

BUT several Dems raised concerns about hampering Biden admin w/ Senate trial

W @sarahnferris @kyledcheney

politico.com/news/2021/01/0…
@sarahnferris @kyledcheney Several Democrats, including Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (a close Biden ally) raised concerns that Senate impeachment trial would delay critical first weeks of Biden admin -- including confirming Cabinet nominees
@sarahnferris @kyledcheney One idea mentioned would be just not sending article of impeachment over to the Senate, thereby not triggering a trial.

Democrats made clear they're NOT taking Senate trial off the table but do want to carefully consider ALL ramifications of moving forward with impeachment
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9 Jan
LATEST on impeachment: Rep. Cicilline tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that they have *185* cosponsors for impeachment resolution now.

It's one article -- charging president with high crimes and misdemeanors for inciting an insurrection

Will be introduced Monday
BUT Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats still haven't made the final decision to move forward with impeachment next week.

And they're still working through the timing of that if they do it next week.

We expect to know more this weekend.
Cicilline says on CNN that he's been on the phone with Republicans all weekend, continuing to talk to them.

So far Rep. Kinzinger is only one to indicate he might support impeachment.
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8 Jan
PELOSI on Dem Caucus Call just now:

"I am emotionally devastated by what happened but dispassionate about considering how we go forward," she told members.
More Pelosi:

"That the Commander in chief would incite insurrection that would call upon people to desecrate this temple of democracy … and in doing so he has made it clear that he is unfit to be President."
Pelosi says impeachment is an option that “encourages people in the White House to consider resignation.”

“If he could be removed from office, that would be ideal.”
Read 5 tweets
7 Jan
House officially coming back in at 9 pm to restart certification of presidential election.
PELOSI speaking from the speaker's chair in the House, 7 hours after a violent pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol:

"We must and we will show to the country -- and indeed to the world -- that we will not be diverted from our duty."
"My colleagues, it's time to move on," Pelosi continues.

"One country, one destiny," she says, pointing to pin she is wearing on her dress today.
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6 Jan
PELOSI confirms certification will restart tonight despite “shameful assault” on democracy.
“Today, a shameful assault was made on our democracy.  It was anointed at the highest level of government. 

It cannot, however, deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden,” Pelosi writes.
“In consultation with Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn and after calls to the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Vice President, we have decided we should proceed tonight at the Capitol once it is cleared for use.”

Pelosi says Hoyer will send out more guidance later.
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