Eight Republicans broke ranks and voted alongside Democrats, while eleven Republicans were absent during the vote on Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s resolution to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. As a result, the resolution was doomed by a 209-201 vote.
The resolution was sent to the House Committee on Homeland Security, effectively killing it, as the committee is currently focused on ongoing hearings regarding the border crisis and has not yet pursued articles of impeachment against Mayorkas.
Representative Bentz Criticizes Mayorkas on Twitter, Wants More Than Just Impeachment
Representative Cliff Bentz took to Twitter to express his criticism of Mayorkas, emphasizing that his preference is not only to impeach Mayorkas but also to convict him. Bentz criticized the bypassing of the regular committee process, believing that it gives the Senate a political loophole.
Representative Buck Argues Against Impeachment Based on Policy Disagreements
Representative Ken Buck expressed his belief that impeachment should not be pursued based solely on policy disagreements or gross incompetence. He stated that impeachment is a constitutional mechanism reserved for cases involving high crimes and misdemeanors.
While Buck disagreed with Greene, who listed several supposed violations by Mayorkas that she believed warranted impeachment, he acknowledged that Mayorkas’s appointment lies with President Joe Biden.
Representative Duarte Urges Focus on Funding Government, Defers to Oversight Committee
Representative John Duarte issued a statement urging Congress to prioritize funding the government for the next fiscal year instead of getting distracted by impeachment and censure motions. Although he voted to send the impeachment resolution to the House Homeland Security Committee, Duarte suggested that it would be appropriate to leave the decision on impeachment to the Oversight Committee.
He also emphasized his endorsement of key legislation regarding legal status for undocumented immigrants.
Representative Foxx Calls for Proper Impeachment Process
Representative Virginia Foxx maintained her position that Secretary Mayorkas should be impeached using a proper process, citing the need to avoid a repeat of the impulsive impeachment that occurred against former President Trump. She emphasized the importance of adhering to regular order, mentioning the Judiciary Committee’s role in impeachment proceedings, despite her vote to send the resolution to the Homeland Security Committee.
Representative Issa Urges Impeachment Trial for Mayorkas
Representative Darrell Issa asserted that Mayorkas deserves to face an impeachment trial. He requested his own participation as a witness during the trial without discussing his specific qualifications to do so.
Representative McHenry Stays Silent, No Public Statement Issued
Representative Patrick McHenry has not issued a statement regarding his position on the impeachment resolution. A request for comment from his office went unanswered.
Representative McClintock Criticizes Mayorkas but Opposes Impeachment
Representative Tom McClintock criticized Mayorkas as the worst cabinet secretary in history but argued that he is simply executing President Biden’s border policies and has not committed any high crimes and misdemeanors that would warrant impeachment. He expressed concern that the House had mocked the impeachment process in the past and warned against following the left’s example.
Representative Turner Explains Absence, Says Ongoing Investigation is Sufficient
Representative Mike Turner clarified that the absence of impeachment inquiry should not be viewed as a vote against it. He pointed out that an ongoing investigation into Secretary Mayorkas is already taking place in the House of Representatives.
The resolution was referred to the Homeland Security Committee, which is conducting the investigation led by Chairman Mark Green. Turner expressed confidence that, once the investigation is complete, fully documented articles of impeachment could be referred to the House, resulting in overwhelming support.
Eleven Members Are Absent, Reasons Vary
Eleven members of Congress were absent during the vote on the impeachment resolution. Representatives Jim Banks, Vern Buchanan, Larry Buschon, Dan Crenshaw, Mike Ezell, Pat Fallon, Nancy Mace, Alex Mooney, Greg Pence, Maria Salazar, and Roger Williams did not participate.
Banks and Bucshon were visiting an Indiana National Guard unit in Kenya for Veterans Day, with Banks experiencing a delayed return flight. Ezell’s absence was due to a death in the family.
Fallon has not commented on his absence but recently announced he would not seek reelection. Mace cited a family emergency for her delayed travel to Washington, expressing her support for impeaching Mayorkas.
Williams issued a statement supporting Mayorkas’s impeachment without explaining the reason for missing the vote. Salazar did not provide a public statement but highlighted her Dignity Act in a CNN interview, which aims to secure the border, provide dignity to undocumented individuals, and boost the economy.
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