Capitol Report: Pence reportedly contemplated replacing Trump on ticket | Pelosi calls tax bill ‘Armageddon’

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Pressman Mike Stone reviews samples from the printing press to check the color on the official photographs of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the Government Publishing Office on November 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Vice President Mike Pence made it clear to the Republican National Committee last year after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape that he was ready to take Donald Trump’s place as the Republican nominee, according to a report in the Atlantic.

Citing several Republicans familiar with the situation, the Atlantic writes Pence wasn’t just thinking about dropping out of the race, he was contemplating a coup. The piece also says GOP donors and party leaders began buzzing about making Pence the nominee and drafting Condoleezza Rice as his running mate.

Pence’s press secretary tweeted the article contained a “tired, false claim.”

Read: Billy Bush says Trump is indulging in some revisionist history over ‘Access Hollywood’ tape.

Pelosi’s take on tax bill: ‘Armageddon’: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the Republican tax bill ‘Armageddon’ Monday night while speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the New York Post writes. The New York Post writes the California Democrat was responding to a question about whether it was appropriate to refer to Republican legislation in such apocalyptic terms.

“It’s the end of the world,” Pelosi said. “The debate on health care is life/death.”

The Senate-passed bill would repeal Obamacare’s mandate for individuals to have health care or pay a fine.

Conyers won’t seek re-election: Rep. John Conyers, who is facing allegations he sexually harassed former employees, plans to announce Tuesday he won’t seek re-election, the New York Times reports. Ian Conyers, a Michigan state senator and a relative of the congressman’s, said the Michigan Democrat will make the announcement by calling into a local radio show Tuesday morning.

“He is not resigning. He is going to retire,” said the younger Conyers.

Also see: Pelosi and Schumer say they will visit White House on Thursday.

Keeping government open: The House of Representatives could vote on keeping the government open longer than previously planned after Freedom Caucus members helped Republicans approve the launch of formal tax negotiations.

Leaders of the conservative bloc said House GOP leaders had agreed to keep talking about extending funding through Dec. 30 instead of Dec. 22, the Washington Post reports. Without a new spending bill, the government would partially shut down on Saturday. Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, said his group would rather see the next spending deadline fall after Christmas, and asked GOP leaders to consider Dec. 30. Bloomberg says House Speaker Paul Ryan will check with Senate Republicans to see if they have the votes to fund the government through the 30th.

Also see: The Trump tax calculator — will you pay more or less?