Republicans FAIL to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas over border crisis: Chaotic GOP deals Speaker Mike Johnson an embarrassing blow during attempt to rebuke Biden’s top official for ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’
House Republicans failed to pass Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas for his mishandling of the southern border crisis in a scathing vote that came down to the wire.
The 214-216 vote is the first of two major legislative setbacks of the day for House Republicans who remain deeply divided over the House and Senate.
Minutes after the embarrassing Mayorkas vote, Speaker Mike Johnson’s $17.6 billion Israel aid stand-alone bill failed spectacularly in a 250 to 218 vote, another humiliating defeat for Republicans in the span of 15 minutes.
The impeachment of Mayorkas was intended to be a rare unifier for House Republicans who are deeply divided on other issues. But GOP leaders were stunned by the results.
“I really haven’t had time to think about it,” Oversight Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., told reporters when asked for his reaction after the failed vote. Comer leads the Biden impeachment.
Republicans dragged back Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., who was recovering from a car accident but walked onto the House floor wearing a full chest and neck brace to cast a ‘yes’ vote in the unsuccessful deposition attempt.
But then the Democrats at the last minute Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, drove in, wearing no shoes and sitting in a wheelchair — where he cast the death knell in the Mayorkas impeachment effort. The vote then was 215-215, a failure.
Green told reporters that he had just undergone surgery, which led to a hospital scrub for pants.
A series of cheers and chants rang out in the House chamber as lawmakers waited minutes for the one outstanding vote that could break the tie – Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who is out for cancer treatment.
The vote stalled for several minutes before GOP Conference Vice Chairman Blake Moore changed his initial ‘yes’ on impeachment to ‘no’ to bring the tally to 216, so he would pass the measure in the future could set up again.
Johnson spokesman Raj Shah said Republicans “fully intend to bring articles of impeachment against Secretary Mayorkas back to the floor when we have the votes to pass.”
“It’s a delay is all it is,” Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., said of the vote, insisting it would come up again when Scalise was back in Washington.
The House Republicans did not pass a resolution to repeal Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas in Congress’s third major legislative failure of the day
Earlier, Senate Republicans summarily killed the bipartisan border security deal they negotiated for months and released just two days ago.
The embarrassment for Speaker Mike Johnson now sends the House GOP back to the drawing board. It is unlikely that any border policy changes will be made by Congress before the next presidency.
Impeached Rep. George Santos, RN.Y., rejoiced after the vote count was final. “Do you still miss me?” he wrote on X.
The Department of Homeland Security and Democrats blasted the GOP-led effort as a “political stunt” targeting a man who is “doing the best he can in extreme circumstances.”
Earlier Tuesday, White House Homeland Chairman Green accused him of being anti-Semitic for calling Cuban Jew Alejandro Mayorkas a “reptile” who doesn’t have the “b****” to resign.
The GOP impeachment bid hung by a thread, as Speaker Mike Johnson could only afford to lose three total votes. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., who has been out for weeks due to a serious car accident, was seen wearing a neck brace back on the House floor.
Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Tom McClintock, R-Calif., and Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., all opposed the impeachment of Mayorkas, claiming it is unconstitutional and citing procedural issues.
Speaker Mike Johnson said he will bring up another vote on the Israel bill next week — although the effort to repeal Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas is probably dead
The impeachment of Mayorkas comes amid major unrest among House Republicans who can’t get on the same page over spending and the $118 billion supplemental funding deal. They even voted to oust their previous Speaker Kevin McCarthy last year.
More than 302,000 migrant encounters were made at the southern border in December, according to official Department of Homeland Security figures — an all-time high.
And while Republicans led the charge against the Senate’s bipartisan border and national security deal, Democrats rejected Israel aid and demanded the Senate deal instead.
Republicans were the ones who demanded any legislation that would fund Ukraine and Israel must offer them border provisions. But once GOP leader Mitch McConnell announced the deal was dead, Senate Republicans again floated 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 fight the law to help improve his chances in the 2024 election.
The bill — including $20 billion for border measures — would mandate that the border be closed 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, demanding the immediate reinstatement of pandemic-era Title 42, the Stay in Mexico policy and border wall construction.
“They sent us a supplemental funding proposal that has immigration reform but no real border security reform,” Speaker Mike Johnson complained about the deal.