McCONNELL READY TO MOVE FORWARD UNLESS HOUSE SENDS IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES

The U.S. Senate will move forward with its own legislative agenda next week, unless it receives articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday.

“There’s real business for the American people that the United States Senate needs to complete. If the speaker continues to refuse to take her own accusations to trial, the Senate will move forward next week with the business of our people,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, is among more than one dozen Republicans who are co-sponsors of a measure authored by Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, authorizing the Senate to begin the trial as early as Monday, or 25 days after the House passed the impeachment articles on Dec. 19. 

He chided House Democrats Thursday for failing to send over the articles, noting the impatience among their Democratic colleagues in the Senate. 
“The Speaker of the House has managed to do the impossible,” McConnell said. “She has created this growing bipartisan unity in the United States Senate in opposition to her own reckless behavior.” 

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