House Successfully Impeaches Mayorkas

House Republicans’ efforts to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was finally successful on Tuesday after representatives voted 214-213 to approve a resolution to that effect.

The vote took place during a special election the House held to replace former Rep. George Santos (R-NY). The resolution has now been passed on to the Democrat-controlled Senate which might procedurally kill the move.

The impeachment resolution’s success comes after an initial one failed last week. However, with the return of Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) who had been in Louisiana for treatment, the outcome was different even though the three House Republicans who voted against last week’s move, Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO), Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Mike Gallagher R-WI) put in the same “no” vote this week.

Emphasizing the need to hold Mayorkas accountable for his failure to uphold the law at the border, Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) said, “Secretary Mayorkas’s willful refusal to enforce federal law created an unprecedented crisis at our southern border and left innocent Americans to pay the price. Because Mayorkas failed to do the honorable thing by resigning, House Republicans fulfilled our Constitutional duty by voting to impeach.”

Mayorkas’ impeachment made him the first cabinet official to be impeached in about 150 years, as the last person to be impeached was William Belknap, Secretary of War to President Ulysses S. Grant in 1876.

The outcome on Tuesday comes as predicted e by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who said before the vote that the House will be able to get enough votes to get Mayorkas impeached.

“We have another shot at impeaching Alejandro Mayorkas, and I’m confident we will get this one through,” she said in a fundraising email.

The lawmaker, who is at the forefront of the impeachment efforts, has urged the Senate to take the issue seriously and not sidestep the resolution.

“I would advise them to get well versed in the laws that he broke and understand that the people that voted them into office and the oath of office they took, swearing an oath to the American people and to our country, is the oath that they need to remember. And they need to take this very seriously,” she stated.