Former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial likely will not end Saturday, as many expected, and it’s unclear how long it will continue, raising questions about how the proceedings could affect President Biden’s legislative agenda, especially in regards to a new COVID-19 relief bill.
The biggest question about this witness vote is how much it just slowed down the Biden legislative agenda. Unemployment benefits run out in mid March.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) February 13, 2021
There are no guarantees about how events will fold — the Senate’s surprise vote Saturday morning to hear from witnesses in the trial is exhibit A — but, the upper chamber was scheduled to be on recess next week, either way. So, at least for the next several days, the trial won’t officially be getting in the way of anything, though it could still sideline some potentially important discussions.
What legislative agenda would extending the trial for a week delay? Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be on recess next week.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) February 13, 2021
I think it’s a fair practical and political point that impeachment takes up floor time Dems need to confirm Biden nominees and pass his agenda. But the Senate is in recess the next week, so the trade off doesn’t apply for the next nine days.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) February 13, 2021