House GOP impeaches Mayorkas after previous vote failure

Source: Politico | February 13, 2024 | Jordain Carney

It’s the first time the House has recommended booting a Cabinet official in nearly 150 years.

House Republicans impeached Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday, making him the first Cabinet secretary since 1876 to be impeached by the House.

A week after a first attempt that fell short and caused heartburn for GOP leadership, Mayorkas was impeached in a second vote, 214-213. The Senate is all but guaranteed to sidestep it, with lawmakers predicting they will either send it to committee or quickly dismiss the charges of betraying the public trust and refusing to comply with the law.

Three Republicans defected on the impeachment effort: Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), who all also voted “no” last week. But GOP leaders were able to revive the articles against Mayorkas with Majority Leader Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) return this week after treatment for blood cancer.

The vote comes on the same day that Republicans are trying to hold onto expelled Rep. George Santos’s seat. If Democrats flip the seat, that would likely have put impeaching Mayorkas just out of reach until special elections later this year.

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