Republicans stumble as House fails to impeach Mayorkas
A lawmaker’s emergency surgery foils Republican plans
In an unexpected turn of events, House Republicans failed to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The vote, which ended in a tie at 215 yeas and 215 nays, fell short due to one lawmaker requiring emergency surgery and unexpectedly appearing at the Capitol to vote. Despite the tight margin, the House GOP was unable to secure the necessary votes to impeach Mayorkas.
A strategic miscalculation by House Republicans
The Republican Party had made the impeachment of Mayorkas a focal point of the 119th Congress. However, after much criticism of Mayorkas’ performance and other grievances, the GOP stumbled when it truly mattered. The House failed to secure the votes needed for impeachment, highlighting a strategic miscalculation on their part. The final vote tally flipped to 214 yeas and 216 nays after House Republican Conference Chairman Blake Moore switched his vote to nay.
A change of vote preserves the Republican gambit
Moore’s vote change to nay may have raised eyebrows, but it was a strategic move to potentially resuscitate the Mayorkas impeachment plan. House rules allow any member on the prevailing side of a roll call vote to “move to reconsider” the vote and demand a re-vote. Moore’s maneuver ensured that the Republican Party could summon the Mayorkas impeachment vote again in the future.
Republicans’ hopes for the future
Scalise’s return and the potential for reinforcements
Despite the initial setback, House Republicans have not given up on their goal to impeach Mayorkas. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, currently absent for cancer treatments, may change his vote if present for a future impeachment vote. Additionally, the outcome of the upcoming special election on Long Island could provide Republicans with the necessary reinforcements to secure the votes needed for impeachment. If GOP nominee Mazi Melesa Pilip defeats former Rep. Tom Suozzi, Republicans may regain the advantage.
Impeachment remains a possibility
While House Republicans may have bungled their initial attempt at impeachment, there is still a chance for future proceedings. House rules allow any member to put forth an impeachment plan again, and the GOP’s decision to maintain the current articles preserves the ongoing investigation, committee report, and other documents. Republicans may try impeachment again in the future, taking into account the unpredictable nature of gathering 431 members in one room for a vote.
Although House Republicans failed to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas in this round, the possibility of impeachment remains on the horizon. The unexpected turn of events, with a lawmaker’s emergency surgery altering the vote, highlights the complexities of the political landscape. The fight to impeach Mayorkas may continue in the future, and Republicans are determined to make their case. Mayorkas can revel in his narrow victory for now, but the battle is far from over.