Comment by Jim Campbell
July 18th 2019
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi is having difficulty keeping her indians on the resevation, as many of them continue to push for the parties continued irrelevance.
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The vote made it clear many Democrats are eager to pursue removing the President. from office despite party leaders’ calls for caution
Those voting not to impeach are likely looking at the upcoming 2020 election knowing that an aye vote would put a target on their backs.
The Wall Street Journal
By Natalie Andrews
July 18, 2019
WASHINGTON—The House voted Wednesday to block an effort to impeach President Trump, but the tally made clear that many Democrats are eager to pursue removing him from office despite party leaders’ calls for caution.
In the first test of the divisive issue since Democrats took control of the chamber, lawmakers voted 332 to 95 to kill the resolution, with all votes against the measure coming from Democrats.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has tried to hold the line on launching impeachment proceedings, which she sees as premature and politically risky.
But outrage over Mr. Trump’s racist tweets about four lawmakers earlier this week prompted Rep. Al Green (D., Texas) to introduce the new impeachment push Tuesday.
He unveiled the resolution shortly after the House voted, largely along party lines, to condemn the president’s remarks.
Because Mr. Green’s resolution was privileged under House rules, it forced a vote.
The new article of impeachment focused on Mr. Trump’s behavior and moral fitness to be president and not on whether he had engaged in obstruction of justice, as the previous resolutions had.
When Republicans held the majority, Democrats forced a vote on impeachment twice. In both cases, the GOP successfully moved to table the resolution.
The impeachment push has divided the Democratic Party. That split was evident in Wednesday’s vote, in which nearly 100 Democrats, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York, opposed the measure to kill the impeachment resolution. One Democratic lawmaker, Peter DeFazio of Oregon, voted “present.”
In all, there are 235 Democrats in the House.
The tally against tabling the measure “was higher than I thought,” said Jim McGovern (D., Mass.), who is the chairman of the Rules Committee and voted against the measure. “And I think that if the resolution had been focused on obstruction of justice, it might’ve been even higher.“
Mr. Green said his effort didn’t fail, in his opinion, because it showed momentum.
“We got 66 the last time,” he said of the vote tally. “This is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”
In a series of tweets Wednesday, Mr. Trump called the impeachment effort “perhaps the most ridiculous and time consuming project I have ever had to work on.” He painted the vote as a lasting victory, saying: “Impeachment of your President… is now OVER,” though there is nothing to prevent the House from trying to impeach the president at a later date.
The revived impeachment push came as Mrs. Pelosi has tried to hold the Democrats together. In one effort to keep the party united, Mrs. Pelosi is looking to set up a meeting with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), an influential freshman who has challenged party leaders.
Drew Hammill, the speaker’s deputy chief of staff, said that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez contacted the California Democrat on Tuesday to ask for a meeting and that they are working to schedule the talk.
In an interview Wednesday on CBS News, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said “absolutely,” when asked if she wanted to meet with the speaker. The New York lawmaker said that while House Democrats had disagreements on policy, it “does not mean that there is a fundamental fracture or a dehumanizing going on within our caucus.”
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a backer of liberal priorities such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, has had several public disagreements with Mrs. Pelosi, who has implored Democrats to keep a united front against Republicans.
Their most recent dispute flared over a resolution to send emergency funding for the humanitarian crisis at the southern U.S. border.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, along with close allies Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, pushed for more restrictions on how officials could spend the money.
The intraparty squabble paused Sunday, when Democrats united around the four women after President Trump tweeted that the congresswomen, all minorities, should “go back” to fix what he called the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” As lawmakers, all are U.S. citizens, and all but one were born in the U.S.
Mr. Trump kept up his attacks Wednesday night, individually attacking all four congresswomen and saying, “They don’t love our country. I think in some cases they hate our country.”
The crowd chanted “send her back” in response to Mr. Trump’s rebukes of Ms. Omar and erupted in boos at the mention of each lawmaker.