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Republican Senators Who Voted To Convict Trump Now Facing Backlash

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CBS2's Skyler Henry has more on the seven lawmakers, who are now dealing with repercussions.

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- There is new fallout tonight after the second impeachment of former President Trump that ended in his acquittal. Lawmakers now reacting to the trial's outcome while looking ahead to their next big challenge, passing COVID relief. CBS 2's Skyler Henry has more from Washington.

SKYLER HENRY: The day after President Trump was acquitted, House Impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin says Democrats faced an uphill battle trying to convince Senate Republicans.

JAMIE RASKIN: You know, there's no reasoning with people who basically are acting like members of a religious cult and when they leave office should be selling flowers at Dulles Airport.

SKYLER HENRY: The 57 to 43 vote fell short of the 2/3 majority needed to convict the former president. The seven Republicans who joined Democrats to vote guilty are now facing backlash. Saturday night, the Louisiana Republican Party Executive Committee voted to censure Senator Bill Cassidy. He's defending his decision.

BILL CASSIDY: I'm attempting to hold President Trump accountable, and that is the trust I have from the people that elected me. And I am very confident that, as time passes, people will move to that position.

SKYLER HENRY: Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski issued a statement saying, quote, "If months of lies, organizing a rally of supporters in an effort to thwart the work of Congress, encouraging a crowd to march on the Capitol, and then taking no meaningful action to stop the violence once it began is not worthy of impeachment, conviction, and disqualification from holding office in the United States, I cannot imagine what is."

With the trial over, Congress plans to tackle COVID relief when it returns from recess. Without a deal, millions of struggling Americans are set to soon lose emergency unemployment benefits next month. House Democrats are working to push through President Biden's nearly $2 trillion plan while some Republican lawmakers are calling for the price tag to be cut by about 2/3. Skyler Henry, CBS News, Washington.