Bipartisanship

Tulsi Gabbard on impeachment vote: "I did not take the easy vote"

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said she did not "take the easy vote" when she broke with the majority of her party on Wednesday and voted "present" on two articles of impeachment against President Trump. She felt her vote "was in the best interest of our country," the congresswoman told NBC.

The big picture: Gabbard is the only 2020 presidential candidate who had a chance to vote on impeachment, and she has criticized the process as partisan, the New York Times reports. She favors a measure to censure Trump rather than impeaching him.

Chris Coons and Mike Braun launch bipartisan Senate climate change caucus

Chris Coons
Sen. Chris Coons. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons (Del.) and Republican Sen. Mike Braun (Ind.) are launching the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus aimed at fostering bipartisan cooperation on climate change.

The big picture: Coons, in remarks to NBC News, laid out some areas of potential cooperation. "Bipartisan ideas already exist — from improving energy efficiency and investing in R&D to supporting energy security and workforce development," he said.