This Week on Washington Week: As Congress Pushes For Stimulus, A Reckoning in the GOP
While the nation looks for leadership in crisis, Capitol Hill confronts the enemy within as the Republican Party is forced to grapple with its future following the end of former President Donald Trump’s tenure.
Republicans faced a reckoning in their ranks as more of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) incendiary comments and promotion of conspiracy theories came to light. The House will vote tonight on removing Greene from her committee assignments. Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) survived a vote to remove her from party leadership after joining nine other republicans to vote in favor of Trump’s impeachment. As impeachment approaches, Republicans are asking if they are the party of Lincoln or the party of QAnon?
PBS NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins is guest moderating this week. She was one of the journalists inside the Capitol on January 6th as a mob incited by then President Trump broke down the doors and forced their way past the guards. Weeks later, that building is the center of a raw crisis that will determine the future of our country.
Former President Trump’s legal team announced Thursday that he will not voluntarily testify at his impeachment trial, responding to a letter from House impeachment managers. The managers could attempt to subpoena the former president but that would require a Senate vote.
President Joe Biden is struggling to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, and hopes Congress will pass his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. But is this very divided government willing to commit to the price tag for this package of economic and health care needs?
Joining Lisa for insight and analysis:
- Jonathan Martin, National Political Correspondent for The New York Times
- Alexi McCammond, Political Reporter for AXIOS
- Jake Sherman, Founder of Punchbowl News
- Sabrina Siddiqui, White House Reporter for The Wall Street Journal
The conversation continues on the Washington Week Extra, streaming live on Facebook, YouTube and our website at 8:30PM.