WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday refused to consider impeachment articles against President Donald Trump, with most Democrats siding with Republicans to kill the effort.
U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) attempted to use a procedural mechanism on the House floor to prod his colleagues to vote on his impeachment resolution stating that Trump “is unfit to be President and warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office.”
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) has been a leader in the impeachment fight.
But the U.S. House voted 332-95 in favor of a “motion to table” the effort, effectively killing the resolution. Only 95 Democrats supported Green’s effort, with 137 Democrats joining 194 Republicans and U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.), who has said he favors proceedings, to table the resolution.
The Michigan delegation was divided 9-5, with Tlaib and U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) voting no. Freshman U.S. Reps. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) voted to table the resolution, along with Amash and the delegation’s six Republicans.
The vote comes as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats have urged the caucus to tread slowly on impeachment efforts. Even many of the Democrats who back an impeachment “inquiry” —- a first step toward a floor vote on impeachment — say they want to spend time building a solid record against Trump in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.
Green’s resolution specifically condemned Trump for his recent racist comments after the president told four Democratic members of Congress, including Tlaib, to “go back” to other countries. The other members are U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).
Wednesday’s vote is expected to intensify the debate between the Democratic lawmakers who are anxious to move on impeachment and those — including some moderates who flipped Republian seats in November — who are wary of political pitfalls.
Trump derided impeachment supporters after the vote.
“The United States House of Representatives has just overwhelmingly voted to kill the Resolution on Impeachment, 332-95-1. This is perhaps the most ridiculous and time consuming project I have ever had to work on,” he wrote on Twitter. “This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!”
Advance Editor Susan J. Demas contributed to this story.