>@PunchbowlNews AM: If you wanted a picture of the partisan ugliness that is the modern-day House of Representatives, let us tell you about last night.
@PunchbowlNews Less than a wk after an attack on Capitol by an angry mob of Trump supporters, @SpeakerPelosi instituted a host of new rules: Members would have to go through metal detectors to get on the floor, police would search their bags and they would be forced to wear masks or risk a fine
@PunchbowlNews @SpeakerPelosi House Republicans sort of freaked out. When the House voted Tuesday night, several groups of GOP lawmakers shoved past the Capitol Police manning the magnetometers outside the House doors, refusing to acknowledge they were even there, as witnessed by us and @MEPFuller .
@PunchbowlNews @SpeakerPelosi @MEPFuller ,@rep_stevewomack bristled at some cops, “You are creating a problem you do not understand the ramifications of!” @RepMullin said, “It’s my constitutional right” and “They can’t stop me,” according to @mkraju of CNN. @RepAndyBiggsAZ of Arizona was succinct: “This is crap.”
@PunchbowlNews @SpeakerPelosi @MEPFuller @rep_stevewomack @RepMullin @mkraju @RepAndyBiggsAZ >@RodneyDavis elled at @LeaderHoyer calling the new procedures alternately “horseshit” and “bullshit,” as witnessed by Punchbowl and @ESCochrane. @SteveScalise said Democrats were trying to “impede the ability for members to come and vote.”
@PunchbowlNews @SpeakerPelosi @MEPFuller @rep_stevewomack @RepMullin @mkraju @RepAndyBiggsAZ @RodneyDavis @LeaderHoyer @ESCochrane @SteveScalise ,@ByronDonalds complained, “So now we have TSA at the Capitol?” @laurenboebert who has bragged about carrying a gun to the Capitol, had a brief standoff when she refused to let police officers look in her bag. She got on the floor anyway.

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14 Jan
Punchbowl PM this evening — “Joe’s rescue plan.”

@JoeBiden will unveil a $1.9T covid relief plan, which will test his legislative savvy, and will force the Democratic Congressional leadership to navigate razor-thin majorities to deliver the administration an early victory.
@JoeBiden Let us be clear. The “American Rescue Plan” is very, very ambitious. Team Biden is asking an evenly divided Senate and a closely divided House to approve a nearly $2-trillion package in the opening weeks of his presidency.
@JoeBiden Biden, of course, is just coming back to town, but during the campaign, Congress passed trillions of dollars in spending to help the nation combat the coronavirus.
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>@PunchbowlNews AM: The House will vote to charge President Donald Trump with incitement of insurrection, the first step of removing him from office with one week left in his presidency. Here’s the impeachment resolution, if you want to read it. bit.ly/39s5fCf
@PunchbowlNews But the historic second Trump impeachment push will get the support of a faction of Republicans fed up with the president after four years of chaos and controversy. We’ve mentioned @RepJohnKatko who is a frequent target of Democrats — he’s for impeachment
@PunchbowlNews @RepJohnKatko Wyoming @Liz_Cheney, No. 3 in the leadership is voting for impeachment. (Conservatives are already calling on her to step down from her leadership role.) @RepKinzinger says he’ll vote for impeachment, as will veteran @RepFredUpton and @HerreraBeutler
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Punchbowl PM: Impeachment earthquake

the @jmartNYT/@maggieNYT McConnell scoop — which NO ONE in Senate GOP leadership is pushing back on — coupled with @Liz_Cheney for impeachment changes the political dynamics in a significant way.
@jmartNYT @maggieNYT @Liz_Cheney BTW: After forgoing a Senate run and stumbling through a few unforced political blunders, many wondered whether Cheney was toast. But she has now re-emerged as a leading voice in calling out Trump -- even as the rest of her leadership remains silent.
@jmartNYT @maggieNYT @Liz_Cheney Let's break down what this all means:

Cover. McConnell and Cheney's decisions give political cover to Republicans who are considering voting to impeach Trump.
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12 Jan
🕛Punchbowl PM: Whither @tedcruz and @HawleyMO

The joke in the Capitol last week was that Cruz decided to challenge the electoral results in Arizona because he would have his chance to object before Hawley (R-Mo.), who had already said he would object to Pennsylvania’s results.
@tedcruz @HawleyMO The 2 -- not so secret aspirants for the White House in 2024 -- seemed to be in an all-out dash to grab hold of Donald Trump’s mantle, and what better way than to launch a hopeless attempt to overturn the election results because the president and his base wanted the same thing?
@tedcruz @HawleyMO Now, after a mob sacked the Capitol, Washington has started assessing how far the pair have fallen, and whether they’ll ever rise again.

MO GOV has distanced himself from Hawley. Staff leaving. Donors dashing.
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12 Jan
🕛Punchbowl PM: 2 alarming trends

→ The mob attack on the Capitol is becoming scarier as more details become public. It’s clear that the people paid to protect the legislative branch and its workers failed.
The U.S. Capitol Police either ignored or were unprepared for the intensity of the attack. And law enforcement agencies are not providing the public with any info.
→ The second trend: More and more Dems have contracted for Covid-19. 3 House Ds who were on the floor last week with Covid-positive colleagues and then locked in a secure room with maskless Republicans during the attack on the Capitol now have tested positive for the virus.
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Republicans’ money spigot is getting cut off. Corporation and trade associations want nothing at all to do with Republicans at the moment, and in the House, much of the money is hard money, so it’s disclosed
@GOPLeader The larger question is do corporations and trade assoc. cut off the super PACs and @NRCC

(We made a mistake — @RepTomEmmer did not vote for the articles. will correct in our Midday edition)
@GOPLeader @NRCC @RepTomEmmer >@GOPLeader mccarthy knows he has a problem. He has begun calling trade associations to work them over.
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