Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N. Y.) is exploring a way to force the Senate back into session before Jan. 20 to consider articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for the second time, according to a senior Democratic aide.
Reconvening the chamber ― which effectively adjourned after a mob stormed into and ransacked the U. S. Capitol last week, resulting in the deaths of at least five people ― would require agreement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the aide noted.
McConnell’s office said last week that the Senate is out until Jan. 19 and cannot conduct business beforehand without unanimous consent, meaning an objection from any one senator could prevent the chamber from coming back into session.
Schumer, however, could try to invoke the majority and minority leaders’ combined authority to bring the chamber back into session under a 2004 resolution passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The resolution authorizes “the majority and minority leaders or their designees, when the Senate is out of session, acting jointly and within the limits of the Constitution, to modify any order for the time or place of the convening of the Senate when, in their opinion, such action is warranted by intervening circumstances.”… (Read more)