House Rejects Historic Impeachment of DHS Secretary Mayorkas in Nail-biting 214-216 Vote

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/06/2024
Speaker of the House Mike Johnson suffered a crushing setback when the House rejected the historic impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday. 

Though a few Republicans sided with Democrats to vote against the bill, which ultimately failed 214–216, the speaker had maintained he had enough votes for impeachment. According to CNN, GOP Representatives Ken Buck, Mike Gallagher, and Tom McClintock voted against impeachment. As previously said, Buck and McClintock would not support impeaching Mayorkas for allegedly breaking the law with his practices at the US-Mexico border.

Rep. Blake Moore, vice head of the GOP conference, changed his vote from "yes" to "no" in a procedural maneuver that would enable the two articles of impeachment to be reintroduced after the three Republicans' "no" votes guaranteed the impeachment attempt would fail, Politico reported. That is what some Republicans anticipated would happen when the House Majority Leader recovered from blood cancer treatment. 

According to the AP, Johnson suffered yet another setback after the Mayorkas vote when a plan to increase military assistance to Israel was rejected by a vote of 250 to 180. There were 166 Democrats and 14 Republicans who voted "nay."

Had the previous proposal succeeded, Mayorkas would have been the first Cabinet member to face impeachment in almost 150 years. During the discussion before to the vote, House Homeland Security Committee ranking Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson denounced the proceedings as a "preplanned political spectacle," according to the New York Times. 

"Rather than doing what is right for America," he continued, it was "about placating radical forces inside the Republican Congress." "What is the purpose of establishing laws if we enable the executive to break those rules with impunity?" questioned Republican head of the committee, Rep. Mark Green, in reference to Mayorkas' "brazen indiscriminate contempt for the laws."


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