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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) outlined plans Sunday to move ahead with legislation to impeach President Trump over last week's siege at the U.S. capitol.

Driving the news: Pelosi said in a letter to Democrats the House will on Monday work to pass a resolution designed to press Vice President Mike Pence to "convene and mobilize the Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment to declare the President incapable of executing the duties of his office."

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  • Pelosi is giving Pence 24 hours to respond. If not, "we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor," she said.

What else she's saying: Pelosi said she wanted to act "with urgency" in "protecting our Constitution and our Democracy" because "this President represents an imminent threat to both."

  • "As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action," she added.

Between the lines: Some senior officials at the State Department and other agencies have privately discussed the need to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, but that idea is going nowhere, Axios' Jonathan Swan notes.

Of note: Pelosi did not say when a vote on impeachment would happen. But House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told CNN earlier Sunday, "Let's give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running, and maybe we'll send the articles sometime after that."

The big picture: Many lawmakers, including Republicans, have condemned Trump's actions surrounding the riot of his supporters at the Capitol.

  • No president has ever been impeached twice, but many Democrats and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) have said they believe Trump "committed impeachable offenses" over the violence and that he should resign. Others, like Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), have said they would consider articles of impeachment.
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said impeaching Trump will "only divide our country more."
  • Pence's office did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Capitol Police officer who died after pro-Trump riot will lie in honor

A vigil honoring United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 28. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died in early January from injuries sustained while responding to the siege on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Friday evening.

Why it matters: Lying in honor is a final tribute reserved only for private citizens who have rendered distinguished service to the nation, according to the Architect of the Capitol.

Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults

A vaccination center installed at the Barbara Chapel of St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. Photo: Alex Halada/AFP via Getty Images

Austria's lower house of parliament voted on Thursday in favor of making COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for most adults from next month.

Why it matters: The bill is expected to soon pass the upper house and be signed by President Alexander Van der Bellen in order for the law to take effect Feb. 1, per Reuters. It'd make Austria the first EU nation to impose such a sweeping mandate.

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Peloton pumps its brakes

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Peloton’s popularity is falling as swiftly as it shot up.

Why it matters: Not all pandemic habits stick around. Peloton's trajectory over the past two years exemplifies how challenging it's been for companies to gauge shifts in consumer demand — particularly in sectors heavily altered by the pandemic.