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. 

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Rep. Meng: Amend Constitution to Lower Voting Age to 16
The last constitutional amendment was passed in 1992

Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., announced Wednesday that she’s interested in lowering the voting age to 16. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng introduced an amendment to the Constitution to lower the nationwide voting age to 16 years old.

The 26th Amendment — passed in 1971 — guarantees the right to vote to eligible citizens who are 18 years old or older, which shifted the voting age down from 21. Meng’s legislation would rewrite the amendment to include 16- and 17-year-olds in federal, state and local elections.

Who’s in Charge in Trump’s Washington?
All three branches of government are answerable to the Constitution

Just like the president and members of Congress, federal employees are responsible to the Constitution, Murphy writes. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images file photo)

Did you know that the organizational chart for the federal government is the only one you’ll ever see that doesn’t have a person or group of people in the top box? Instead, the three branches of government, including President Donald Trump’s executive branch, sit equidistant from each other on a horizontal row below the top box. And inside the top box is the Constitution.

When a federal employee sent me the org chart during the 2016 campaign, I thought of it mostly as a piece of quirky trivia — hey, look, nobody’s in charge! But I’ve thought about that chart again and again in the last week as people in the federal government have either joined forces with the White House or acted out against it in ways we’ve never seen before.

Government Agency Sings Trump’s Praises in Tweetstorm
President-elect says he will hand over business operations to his children

President-elect Donald Trump was praised by the Office of Government Ethics after announcing he would hand over control of his business operations to his children. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s not normal to see an obscure government agency sing the praises of a politician in a tweetstorm.

But the politician, in this case, is President-elect Donald Trump, who has something of a reputation for flashy and controversial tweets himself.

Biden: 'Constitutional Crisis' Coming With Split Supreme Court
Vice President defends his 1992 comments similar to Republican argument today against nomination

Vice President Biden speaks about the Supreme Court vacancy and confirmation process at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington on Thursday. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

The White House opened a new front in its push to get Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland confirmed, with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. arguing that the Senate Republicans's decision to leave a vacancy on the court has pushed the country to the brink of a “constitutional crisis.”  

The Obama administration’s messaging before Biden spoke Thursday at Georgetown Law Center in Washington mostly had focused on its interpretation of the Constitution’s orders for presidents and lawmakers, as well as Garland’s legal resume and personal story .