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GOP senators drag their feet to run for re-election

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Six Republican senators are still considering whether or not they’ll run for reelection in 2022. They include Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Thune(R-SD), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (R-VT).

Thune’s seat is possibly the most consequential, since he is the number two GOP senator. He’s been in office in 1996. When CNN asked him if he will run again, he told them “it’s a six-year commitment.”

On the other hand, Grassley has had 40 years of service before the midterm election. Grassley says he’ll decide “after I go snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing.”

Meanwhile, Murkowski and Lee have yet to officially announce that they will run for re-election. However, when it comes to Lee’s seat, Utah is likely to elect another Republican should he not run again.

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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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