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Impeachment article to be sent to Senate Monday



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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate on Monday, triggering the second-ever impeachment trial for the former commander-in-chief for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot that left five people dead.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made the announcement on the Senate floor Friday, saying that Pelosi had told him the single impeachment article for “incitement of insurrection” will be sent to the upper congressional chamber Monday.

“It will be a full trial; it will be a fair trial,” Schumer said.

The new Senate majority leader did not provide any details as to how the trial will be conducted. Meanwhile, the leaders of both political parties have yet to finalize a schedule for the process.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach then-President Trump, alleging that he incited a violent mob of his most extreme supporters that stormed the U.S. Capitol on the same day Congress was tallying the states’ Electoral College votes and certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

All House Democrats and 10 Republicans approved the single article.

Trump is now the only president in U.S. history to be impeached more than once, and he will become the first to receive a Senate impeachment trial after leaving office.

In order to convict Trump, 17 Republican senators will need join forces with all 50 Senate Democrats to reach a two-thirds supermajority.

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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency



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In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.

Key points of the situation include:

Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.

Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.

Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.

Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.

Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”

Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.

Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.

In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.

Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.

Information in this article was retrieved from Fox News.

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