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House GOP blocks resolution calling on Pence to invoke 25th Amendment

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House GOP members have objected to a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office following last week’s U.S. Capitol riots.

House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment on Monday. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-West Virginia, objected to it.

The article of impeachment called for Pence to intervene “within 24 hours” and if the president does not resign, the House will move as early as Wednesday to consider the impeachment resolution on the floor.

More than 210 Democrats have signed for the impeachment, just short of the majority of the House. GOP party leaders are opposed to the impeachment, despite reports that several Republicans are said to be considering voting to impeach.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would bring the bill up for a full vote Tuesday if the resolution was blocked.

The House will move forward with a full vote on the resolution Tuesday, The New York Times has reported.

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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections

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New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.

“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

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Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”

The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.

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