Rep. Lauren Boebert to force House vote on Biden impeachment

Representative Lauren Boebert on Tuesday introduced articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden that will force a vote in the House in the coming days.

The articles offered by Boebert, R-Colo., which focus on Biden’s handling of immigration and the US-Mexico border, come on the day court documents revealed a plea deal for Hunter Biden on tax offenses and a felony with a firearm.

“President Biden’s neglect of duty has resulted in the ceding of operational control of the border to complete and total control by foreign criminal cartels endangering the lives of American citizens,” Boebert told the House on Tuesday.

Unlike other impeachment efforts, Boebert said, his uses a procedural tactic that requires the House to hold a floor vote.

“I bring my Articles of Impeachment against Joe Biden to the House in a privileged motion, which means every member of Congress must vote to hold Joe Biden accountable,” Boebert tweeted.

A spokesman for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., did not immediately respond to a request for comment on when the resolution would be introduced.

House Democratic Whip Katherine Clark of Massachusetts said in an email to her colleagues Tuesday night that the House “should proceed to a procedural vote on the motion to table the resolution when it is moved this week. “.

Passing a motion to table the resolution would essentially block Boebert’s efforts.

The six-page impeachment resolution argues that Biden abused his power and failed in his duty as president, leading an administration “that has continually, openly, and systematically violated federal immigration law by pursuing an aggressive agenda of opening of the borders”.

Boebert, who tried to impeach Biden in 2021, accuses him of “deliberately and knowingly” releasing millions of migrants to the United States “without the intention or ability to ensure they appear in court of immigration to face an asylum or deportation procedure”.

Asked for comment, White House spokesman Ian Sams said in a statement that “extreme House Republicans are staging baseless political stunts that do nothing to help real people and only serve real people.” ‘to draw attention to themselves’.

Congressional Republicans and some Democrats have criticized Biden for his handling of the southern border crossings and have frequently opposed efforts to end a Trump-era policy known as Title 42, which was lifted on last month.

The Biden administration has defended its border policies, arguing in a recent court filing that its actions have reduced the number of migrants allowed to seek asylum at the southern border by only allowing them to be considered for asylum if they arrive. they can prove that they have already tried to apply in the countries they have passed through or that their cases are exceptions to the rule.

According to Customs and Border Protection, border crossings have gone from more than 10,000 a day to about 3,500 a day since the end of Title 42.

Republicans have already filed articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who did not go to vote.

In May, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., introduced articles of impeachment against Biden over the administration’s handling of migrant crossings, but the resolution did not require a floor vote, as required. Boebert.

The procedural tactic employed by Boebert was used last week by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., in an effort to censure and amend Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Democrats, along with nearly two dozen Republicans, blocked the measure in a floor vote.

Luna told NBC News on Tuesday that a separate measure to censor Schiff without fining him would get a vote on Wednesday night, adding that she got the necessary number of GOP votes to pass.

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