Pelosi said that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer would seek to take up a resolution from Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland on Monday urging Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, and if they were blocked the House would consider the measure on Tuesday.
Democrats are calling on Pence to respond within 24 hours, she said. If that does not happen, Democrats will bring their impeachment resolution to the floor.
Timing of an impeachment vote is still fluid, though the expectation is it would happen on Wednesday.
Cicilline tweeted Sunday evening that the resolution now has more than 200 co-sponsors, nearly all of the Democratic caucus. The resolution would likely go to the House Rules Committee before it’s brought to the floor.
“There’s strong support in the Congress for impeaching the President a second time,” she said.
House Democrats are holding a caucus-wide call on Monday to discuss their path forward.
House Republicans have urged Democrats not to move forward with impeachment, arguing that such a move would be divisive in the face of Biden’s calls for unity. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is also holding a conference call with the GOP conference Monday, according to a source familiar.
One of the biggest issues surrounding House Democrats’ impeachment push is what it means for the opening days of the Biden administration, because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he won’t call the Senate back from recess for a trial before it’s slated to reconvene on January 19, which would make the start of the trial January 20 — Biden’s inauguration.
A Senate impeachment trial would grind the chamber to a halt, unable to confirm nominees or enact legislation in the opening days of Biden’s presidency.
One option being considered is waiting until later to send the articles to the Senate: House Democratic Whip James Clyburn said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday the House might wait until after Biden’s first 100 days in office before sending the impeachment articles to the Senate to begin the trial.