By George Miller, 2-6-24
The House of Representatives took a vote on impeachment of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this evening and failed by 2 votes (214-212) to impeach him. Detailed vote tally here. Three Republicans defected: Reps.: Tom McClintock (R, CA), Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Ken Buck (R-CO). Former Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R, CA), who would likely have voted for impeachment, resigned his seat, leaving it vacant, after he was removed as Speaker of the House. Per Breitbart, a 4th Republican no vote was done after the initial vote for procedural purposes only, supposedly to enable another future vote. Majority Leader Steve Scalise was on sick leave. All Democrats voting opted not to impeach. GOP will likely try again.
Nearly all Republican reps believed that Mayorkas had committed serious crimes in not only failing to enforce immigration law, but actively subverting it. But, the Biden administration blamed the Republicans for the border crisis by failing to enact and fund “reforms.” Republicans claim that Biden policies encouraged and facilitated massive ( 8 million+ during his administration so far by DHS’ own records) illegal migration. We have run numerous articles on this in the past.
Separately and related, the Republicans killed the Senate emergency bill to fund arms/help in Ukraine, Middle East and Taiwan, along with unacceptable terms for border/immigration items. They claimed it was mostly half measures or even encouragement of vastly more illegal migration. Our own examination and reading of reports on the legislation confirmed that. The two greatest Republican advocates of the bill- Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, MO) and chief Senate Republican negotiator on the bill, Senator James Lankford (R, OK), both backed off from supporting the legislation when faced with furious opposition within the Senate and from constituents. Both may find their prior enthusiastic support and negotiation results to be a career-jeopardizing move. This also leaves the arms aid stalled.
George Miller is Publisher and Co-Founder of Citizens Journal Florida, based in Fernandina Beach. He is a “retired” operations management consultant, software and publishing executive (10 years) and manufacturing management professional.