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House Republicans failed to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas the first time around.
In a dramatic setback, House Republicans failed to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, forced to shelve a high-profile priority — for now — after a few GOP lawmakers refused to go along with the party’s plan.
The stunning roll call Tuesday fell just a single vote short of impeaching Mayorkas, stalling the Republicans’ drive to punish the Biden administration over its handling of the U.S-Mexico border. With Democrats united against the charges, the Republicans needed almost every vote from their slim majority to approve the articles of impeachment.
A noisy, rowdy scene erupted on the House floor as the vote was tied for several tense minutes, 215-215. Several Republican lawmakers — led by the impeachment’s chief sponsor, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia — surrounded one of the holdouts, Wisconsin Republican Mike Gallagher, who refused to change his vote.
House Republicans are going to try and impeach him again.
This vote is expected to be successful because Steve Scalise will be returning.
The Hill reported:
House Republicans are eyeing a redo on impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this week after the conference fell short of penalizing the embattled Cabinet head in a stunning — and embarrassing — fashion.
The House is slated to hold another vote on impeaching Mayorkas on Tuesday, which Republicans expect to be successful, as Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) returns to the Capitol following cancer treatment. If all members are present and vote the same way as last week, and Scalise is supportive of impeachment, the effort will just squeak by.
The three Republicans who opposed impeachment last week — Reps. Ken Buck (Colo.), Tom McClintock (Calif.) and Mike Gallagher (Wis.) — are unlikely to change their votes. Buck told The Hill after the first referendum that he is “not switching my vote” if the articles were to come back to the floor, and Gallagher announced over the weekend that he will not run for reelection this year, untethering him from any political ramifications his vote could come with.
Republicans are accusing Mayorkas of “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law,” based on allegations that he violated immigration laws by failing to detain a sufficient number of migrants, as well as “breach of trust,” which accuses him of not carrying out his responsibilities, misleading Congress and obstructing its investigation.