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The House approved a resolution on Wednesday appointing House managers for the impeachment trial and transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Rep Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) was the sole Democrat to vote against the resolution.

Why it matters: The vote triggers the start of the long-anticipated Senate trial, which has been delayed for nearly a month after the House approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Driving the news: Pelosi named the seven House managers at a press conference earlier Wednesday.

  • House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
  • House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)
  • Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.)
  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.)
  • Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas)

What's next: After the vote, Pelosi will hold an Engrossment Ceremony photo op with the impeachment managers, after which they will travel through the Capitol to present the articles of impeachment to the secretary of the Senate. Once the articles successfully land in the Senate, there will be a few days of housekeeping and procedural work.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to recess the substantive part of the trial — opening arguments and the Q&A period — until Tuesday in order to give House managers and Trump's defense team a few days to prepare.
  • On Tuesday, the Senate is also expected to vote on an organizing resolution that will lay out the terms for the trial.
  • Several key Senate Republicans — including those up for tough re-election races, those comfortable bucking Trump, and those retiring at the end of this year — are insisting there be specific language ensuring a vote on whether to call witnesses and request documents.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is also expected to use the vote on the resolution to push Democrats' messaging.

  • A Democratic leadership aide told Axios that they will force votes on subpoenaing key witnesses such as Trump's former national security advisor John Bolton, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Mulvaney's senior advisor Robert Blair, and top White House budget official Michael Duffey, as well as relevant documents.
  • This has concerned some vulnerable Senate Republicans who are worried about the optics of a fair trial: "The Democratic amendments that will be offered in the beginning will be designed to screw us," a Republican Senate aide told Axios. "Like, 'How can we cut these to look like an ad?'"

Worth noting: The resolution gives managers authority to submit additional evidence to the Senate. Last night, impeachment investigators sent the House Judiciary committee new evidence obtained from Lev Parnas, a Giuliani associate indicted by the Southern District of New York.

  • The public release of some of these materials could give Democrats new ammunition to pressure vulnerable Senate Republicans to allow new testimony from witnesses.

Go deeper: Yovanovitch urges Ukraine probe after Parnas phone records release

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House passes sweeping election and anti-corruption bill

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The House voted 220-210Wednesday to pass Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill.

Why it matters: Expanding voting access has been a top priority for Democrats for years, but the House passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) comes as states across the country consider legislation to rollback voting access in the aftermath of former President Trump's loss.

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House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.

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Senate Republicans plan to exact pain before COVID relief vote

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Republicans are demanding a full, 600-page bill reading — and painful, multi-hour "vote-a-rama" — as Democrats forge ahead with their plan to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.