Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) has faced yet another defeat at the hands of House Republicans. After Rep. Greene introduced a resolution to impeach U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the motion to refer.
In a 209-201 floor vote, lawmakers struck down a motion to impeach Secretary Mayorkas.
Of the 209 that voted against impeaching Mayorkas, eight were Republicans. These were Oregon Rep. Cliff Bentz (R), Ohio Rep. Mike Turner (R), Colorado Rep. Ken Buck (R), California Reps. John Duarte (R), Tom McClintock (R), and Darrell Issa (R), and North Carolina Reps. Patrick McHenry (R) and Virginia Foxx (R).
In her impeachment resolution, Greene accuses Mayorkas of being guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” regarding his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border. Greene argues that Mayorkas “has failed to maintain operational control of the border.” As well, Greene has accused Mayorkas of “willful admittance of border crossers, terrorists, human traffickers, drugs, and other contraband.”
This is Greene's second attempt to impeach Mayorkas.
After the vote, Greene expressed her disappointment during a press conference.
Affirming that “we need impeachment,” Greene called it an instrument that was left by the founders in the constitution.” Greene called the House “tone deaf,” arguing that they are much more interested in ineffective approaches like “hearings,” “strongly worded messages.
“Americans are fed up with it….I am particularly outraged at four of the eight Republicans that voted to shelf these articles of impeachment… because four of them serve on the judiciary committee, and I want you to know that my articles of impeachment have been in the judiciary committee for six months, sitting on a shelf, so these four judiciary members – Republicans – voted to send them back up on the shelf where they will never be picked up and see the light of day in a committee forward,” she informed.