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Pens, Parnas and pain of imprisonment: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 13, 2020

Speaker Nancy Pelosi signs the articles of impeachment during an engrossment ceremony before taking them over to the Senate on Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi signs articles of impeachment

Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets up after signing the articles of impeachment during an engrossment ceremony Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Forgive our lawmakers for falling short: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 6, 2020

A photojournalist takes photos of the TV monitor in the Capitol’s Rayburn subway stop as President Donald Trump speaks about Iran on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Trump to Lee: Other people called it ‘best presentation they’ve ever seen’

President Donald Trump took questions from reporters Thursday during an event at the White House. (Screenshot via WhiteHouse.gov)

President Donald Trump disagreed with GOP Sen. Mike Lee’s comments that Wednesday’s Iran briefing was the worst briefing he’d ever seen on a military issue.

Protesters and police in disarray amid anti-Trump demonstrations

Protesters participate in the "Swarm the Senate" rally in the Hart Senate Office Building urging action to "impeach, remove, indict and jail" President Trump on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of 2019
It’s been quite a year

Speaker Nancy Pelosi conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Dec. 19. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s been a long year on Capitol Hill. As we head into 2020 for a bruising election season, a looming Senate impeachment trial and continued partisan standoffs, Hits and Misses looks back at Congress’ best and worst moments from 2019.

Trump accepts Pelosi invitation to deliver State of the Union address Feb. 4
Address will be the first time Trump visits the House chamber since Democrats impeached him

President Donald Trump delivers the 2019 State of the Union address as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi applaud at the Capitol on Feb. 5. (Doug Mills/The New York Times/pool photo)

Updated 2:37 p.m. | President Donald Trump accepted Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation Friday to deliver his State of the Union address on Feb. 4, which will be his first visit to the House since Democrats voted to impeach him.

The invite came in a letter Pelosi sent to Trump citing “the spirit of our Constitution,” which calls for the president to give Congress information on the state of the union “from time to time.”

Congressional Hits and Misses: Impeachment edition
The House voted Wednesday to adopt two articles, setting up expected Senate trial

People rally in support of the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the conclusion of proceedings in the House. The next step will be a trial in the Senate. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

What to expect as Trump impeachment debate hits the House floor
5 talking points from past few months likely to be repeated in floor speeches

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., holds up a pocket Constitution as she votes yes in the House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Expect the Constitution to come up frequently during House floor debate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats and Republicans have been making their respective cases for and against impeaching President Donald Trump for months, but it is Wednesday’s debate on the House floor that will be memorialized in history.

Lawmakers have already made their arguments through weeks of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees’ proceedings, news conferences and cable TV appearances, so what they say Wednesday will be repetitive to those who’ve been paying attention. 

Drug prices are too high. What is Congress trying to do about it?

Chairman Charles E. Grassley, right, and ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden are seen before a Senate Finance Committee on drug pricing in America on February 26, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Both the House and the Senate have competing bills aimed at addressing the rising costs of prescription drugs, a legislative priority backed by President Donald Trump.