Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene insisted that the Republican Party’s narrow defeat in its attempt to impeach Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas was not a failure.
House Republicans were unable to impeach Mayorkas for his mishandling of the southern border crisis in a nail-biting vote that came down to the wire and sparked chaos on the floor.
Greene assured reporters Tuesday night after the vote that they will bring impeachment before Congress again once House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returns from cancer treatment.
She said the next vote could potentially come as soon as next week, saying ‘this is not over yet.’
‘There hasn’t been a failure yet,’ she said when asked if House Republican leadership had done just that by not getting the votes to impeach. ‘We’re going to bring it back.’
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene insisted that the Republican Party’s narrow defeat in its attempt to impeach Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas was not a failure
Greene repeatedly mentioned Scalise’s impending return and believes he’ll be a key vote when he’s back in Washington.
‘We still can bring back Steve Scalise and we hope that he’s well and he can come back very soon, we look forward to having him come back and we look forward to having him be a solid yes on impeaching Secretary Mayorkas,’ Greene added.
She continued to hit the Democrats for standing by, in unison as a party, behind Mayorkas over the crisis at the border.
Greene stated it was a choice: ‘Democrats are either owning those as their policies and defending Secretary Mayorkas, saying he’s doing nothing wrong, or they can vote to impeach Secretary Mayorkas.’
She said Democrats who vote no are ‘defending Mayorkas and defending that 300 Americans are dying every single day, that over 10 million have crossed our border, that Americans are the victim of rape, murder, assault, cartels causing all kinds of problems in our country. Kids are being kicked out of school to house migrants, Americans are being forced to pay for it!’
Greene admitted that it was always going to be a small margin but that there will be consequences for the ‘No’ votes in both parties.
‘We knew it was going to be close going in, because our majority is so razor-thin, of course my colleagues that voted no, I think they’ll be hearing from their constituents,’ she said.
She believes that ‘several of our members need to think about things over the weekend’ and thinks the Republican down votes should ‘go home and talk to their constituents.’
House Republicans did not pass a resolution to impeach Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas in Congress ‘ third major legislative failure of the day
The 214-216 vote marked the second of three major legislative failures of the day for House Republicans who remain deeply divided across the House and Senate
When asked if Speaker of the House Mike Johnson ‘miscalculated’ in bringing up the failed vote, she said it wasn’t because it provided transparency for the American people in terms of what their representatives believed.
The 214-216 vote marked the second of three major legislative failures of the day for House Republicans who remain deeply divided across the House and Senate.
Immediately after the embarrassing Mayorkas vote, Speaker Johnson’s $17.6 billion Israel aid stand-alone bill spectacularly failed in a 250 to 218 vote, another humiliating defeat for Republicans in a span of 15 minutes.
And earlier in the day, Senate Republicans summarily killed the $118 billion bipartisan border and security supplemental deal they spent months negotiating – and only released only two days ago.
Impeaching Mayorkas was meant to be a rare unifier for House Republicans who are deeply divided on other issues. But GOP leaders were left stunned by the results.
‘I really haven’t had time to think about it yet,’ Oversight Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., told reporters when asked for his reaction after the failed vote. Comer is leading the slower-moving Biden impeachment inquiry.
The GOP impeachment bid hung by a thread as Speaker Mike Johnson could only afford to lose three total votes.
Republicans had hauled back Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., who was recovering from a car accident but walked onto the House floor in a full chest and neck brace to cast a ‘yes’ vote in the unsuccessful impeachment effort.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared the $118 billion border bill dead
House Speaker Mike Johnson said the $118 billion Senate border package is ‘dead on arrival’ as he announced over the weekend that the lower chamber will bring a ‘clean, standalone’ $17 billion Israel aid bill to the floor – which failed Tuesday
But then Democrats then wheeled in Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, at the last minute who was not wearing shoes and sitting in a wheelchair – where he cast the death knell in the Mayorkas impeachment effort. The vote was then 215-215, a failure.
Wearing what looked to be hospital scrubs for pants, Green told reporters he had just had surgery.
A series of boos and chants rang out in the House chamber as lawmakers waited minutes for the one outstanding vote who could break the tie – Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who is currently out for cancer treatment.
The vote stalled for several minutes before GOP Conference Vice Chair Blake Moore switched his initial ‘yes’ on impeachment to ‘no’ to bring the tally up to 216, so he could bring the measure up again in the future.
Reps. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Tom McClintock, R-Calif., and Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., all opposed impeaching Mayorkas, claiming it was unconstitutional and citing issues with the procedure.
Johnson spokesperson Raj Shah said Republicans ‘fully intend to bring Articles of Impeachment against Secretary Mayorkas back to the floor when we have the votes for passage.’
‘It’s a delay is all this is,’ Homeland Security Chair Mark Green, R-Tenn., said of the vote, insisting it would come up again when Scalise was back in Washington.
The embarrassing blow for Speaker Mike Johnson now sends the House GOP back to the drawing board. It’s unlikely any border policy changes will be made by Congress before the next presidency.
Ousted Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., gloated after the vote tally was final. ‘Miss me yet?’ he wrote on X.
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna said that Republicans will have to ask themselves if ‘expelling George Santos was actually worth it.’
Republicans voted in January to boot fabulist liar Santos from Congress, but with his help today the GOP could have moved the vote over the finish line.
The Department of Homeland Security and Democrats blasted the GOP-led effort as a ‘political stunt’ targeting a man ‘doing the best he can in extreme circumstances.’
Earlier Tuesday, the White House accused Homeland Chairman Green of being anti-Semitic for calling Cuban Jew Alejandro Mayorkas a ‘reptile’ who doesn’t have the ‘b****’ to resign.
Speaker Mike Johnson has said he will bring another vote on the Israel bill next week – though the effort to impeach Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas is likely dead
The impeachment of Mayorkas comes amid rampant turmoil among House Republicans who cannot get on the same page regarding spending and the $118 billion supplemental funding deal. They even voted to oust their previous speaker Kevin McCarthy last year.
Over 302,000 migrant encounters were made at the southern border in December, according to official Department of Homeland Security figures – an all-time record.
And while Republicans led the charge against the Senate’s bipartisan border and national security deal, Democrats rejected the Israel aid and instead demanded the Senate deal.
Republicans were the ones who demanded any legislation that would fund Ukraine and Israel must offer them border provisions. But as soon as GOP Leader Mitch McConnell announced the deal was dead, Senate Republicans once again began floating the idea of an aid package for Ukraine and Israel without any border legislation.
The farcical development came less than an hour after President Joe Biden blamed Donald Trump for leading the bid to tank the law to help improve his chances in the 2024 election.
The bill – including $20 billion for border measures – would mandate the border be shut if there are 5,000 encounters over the course of a week or 8,500 migrants encountered in a single day.
But many Republicans didn’t think it went far enough and are demanding the immediate reinstatement of pandemic-era Title 42, Remain in Mexico policies and border wall construction.
‘They sent us a supplemental funding proposal that has immigration reform but not real border security reform,’ Speaker Mike Johnson complained of the deal.