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Capitol Police officer killed in car ramming attack to lie in honor in Rotunda

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The U.S. Capitol Police officer killed in last week’s car attack at the Capitol Complex, William “Billy” Evans, will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on April 13, it was announced Tuesday.

Evans—an 18-year member of the force, according to USCP—was killed as a result of an individual who rammed his vehicle into a security barricade outside the Capitol building on Friday.

RELATED: Capitol Police reveal identity of officer killed in car ramming attack

“In giving his life to protect our Capitol and our Country, Officer Evans became a martyr for our democracy. On behalf of the entire Congress, we are profoundly grateful,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.

“It is now the great and solemn privilege of the House of Representatives and the Senate to convey the appreciation and the sadness of the Congress and Country for the heroic sacrifice of Officer Evans with a lying-in-honor ceremony in the U.S. Capitol,” the Democratic leaders also stated.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, attendance on April 13 will be limited to invited guests only. These will include members of U.S. Capitol Police and members of Congress.

“It is our hope that this tribute will be a comfort to the family of Officer Evans, particularly his children Logan and Abigail, as will the knowledge that so many Americans mourn with and pray for them at this sad time. May this tribute also be a source of comfort and an expression of gratitude to the U.S. Capitol Police Force, which has awed our nation with their courage and resilience during this devastating time,” Schumer and Pelosi also said.

Another Capitol Police officer, Ken Shaver, was injured in the Friday attack. The vehicle’s driver, 25-year-old Noah Green, hit Officers Evans and Shaver and then got out of his car and ran toward the officers before he was shot. Later at the hospital, Green died.

RELATED: NBC: Capitol car ramming suspect identified

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick also received the rare distinction of lying in honor in the Rotunda, after dying as a result of the January 6 storming of the Capitol that caused the deaths of four others.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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