Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., will preside over much of the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump on the House floor Wednesday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tapped the 12-term legislator from Denver for the prestigious task of what’s known as “speaker pro tempore,” which includes ruling on the points of order that guide floor debate.
“None of us came to Congress to impeach a president, but every one of us — when we assumed office — took an oath to uphold the Constitution,” DeGette said. “This is a sad and somber moment in our nation’s history and the responsibility to preside over this important debate is something I will not take lightly.”
In Fort Collins on Tuesday, hundreds of people gathered outside Sen. Cory Gardner’s office on Shields Street to rally in favor of impeachment and encourage Gardner to vote to remove Trump from office in the Senate.
How the vote will happen
The House will debate the articles for six hours and then vote separately on each of them, under parameters that the House Rules Committee recommended Tuesday. The rules for floor debate must still be adopted by the full House after an hour of debate Wednesday morning. If the House approves the articles, lawmakers will immediately take up a resolution naming managers who will serve essentially as prosecutors in the Senate trial, which is expected to begin in January.
Democrats hold a 233-197 majority in the House, with one independent and four vacancies, and the votes on the articles are expected to largely follow party lines. Republican leaders have said they expect all of their members to oppose impeachment.
Last week, the two Colorado representatives who serve on the House Judiciary Committee voted differently on whether to approve the articles of impeachment. Both Joe Neguse and Ken Buck have been vocal about the proceedings.
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What Colorado’s representatives are saying
Several Colorado members of the U.S. House are speaking out on social media Wednesday ahead of the vote. The seven representatives are expected to vote on party lines.
USA TODAY contributed to this report.
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