Democrat Rep. Al Green has a long history of grandstanding and seeking media attention. Honestly, the man will do anything and everything just to see his name in print! Well, short of having a policy to discuss or a legislative agenda, the representative attempted to bring an impeachment vote against President Donald J. Trump to the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon.
Under congressional impeachment procedures, any member of Congress can present a request for a procedural vote to continue the impeachment proceedings.
The vote was basically a way to put pressure on members of Congress to go on the record as to whether or not they believe Trump should be impeached. Hilariously, the vote failed spectacularly with not even 60 votes in favor of the measure.
Check out the details, per Politico:
House Democrats overwhelmingly joined Republicans on Wednesday to defeat an attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. But 58 Democrats supported the bid to consider impeachment over the objections of House Democratic leaders, who viewed the measure as a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress.
The motion to sideline the measure — killing the effort — was approved 364-58, with four Democrats voting present.
“Donald John Trump, by causing such harm to the society of the United States is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office,” Green said on the House floor as he introduced the articles.
But Green, a seven-term, Houston-area lawmaker, said his conscience compelled him to push forward with the measure, even though he acknowledged he was unlikely to succeed.
“Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment,” Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said in a joint statement, shortly after Green introduced his articles of impeachment.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House overwhelmingly votes to kill resolution from Democratic lawmaker to impeach President Trump.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 6, 2017
Predictably, the Democrat leadership disregarded the vote and made it seem like the issue was timing and not substance. The liberals in Congress are so disconnected from reality it’s not even funny anymore.
Fox News clarified that the vote was to consider a motion to proceed, not on actual articles of impeachment:
The symbolic vote had been expected to fail in the Republican-controlled House. It put some lawmakers in competitive districts in a tough spot by forcing them on the record about impeachment.
Lawmakers did not actually vote on the actual articles of impeachment, but on a procedural measure that would have led to a vote on them.
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