Welcome to the 2021 legislative session. Today’s Final Reading compiled by Kit Norton.
IN JAN. 7’S FINAL READING:
The Vermont House is calling for President Donald Trump’s ouster.
In one of its first official acts of the new biennium, the lower chamber passed a resolution Thursday afternoon condemning the Capitol Hill riots egged on by Trump and perpetrated by his supporters a day earlier.
The joint resolution, which next goes to the Vermont Senate, calls for the immediate resignation of the president or his removal from office by his cabinet or Congress. It also calls for the message to be sent to Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Vermont’s congressional delegation.
The measure passed 130-16 on a virtual voice vote via Zoom on Thursday afternoon. As is the custom with voice votes, the yeas and nays were not recorded, so it is impossible to know how each member voted. Except one.
Among the idiosyncrasies of virtual legislating is that members who dial into the House floor from a telephone must proclaim each and every vote. On Thursday, Rep. Thomas Terenzini, R-Rutland Town, did so — and made clear that he was among the 16 who opposed the measure.
In an interview Thursday evening, Terenzini said he condemns the violence in the Capitol and says the actions were “deplorable.” However, he believes the president has faced unfair scrutiny during his four years in office and that he wants no part in removing Trump prematurely.
“I have no appetite to try to impeach this president in the last 13 days of his administration,” Terenzini said.
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