(NewsReady.com) – Republicans won the majority in the House in 2022. They promised the American people that they were going to change the way the government was being run. Unfortunately, there have been some bumps in the road, and recently, the GOP had two major back-to-back losses.
On February 6, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) brought two votes to the floor within minutes of one another. The first was to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Republicans accused him of high crimes and misdemeanors for his alleged refusal to enforce the border laws. The vote came just days after House Republicans called a bipartisan immigration bill the secretary helped craft “dead on arrival.”
In the end, the Mayorkas vote was 214–216 after four Republicans joined the Democratic Party to vote against it. Reps. Tom McClintock (CA), Ken Buck (CO), Blake Moore (UT), and Mike Gallagher (WI) blocked their party’s efforts. After the vote, Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) told the press that he didn’t understand why the House GOP “can’t do one thing the American people want.”
Johnson also suspended House rules to bring an Israel aid package to the floor for a vote. In order for it to pass the chamber, two-thirds of the House had to approve it. Ten minutes later, Johnson suffered another defeat. Only 250 lawmakers voted to pass the aid package. Fourteen Republicans joined Democrats and voted against the legislation. The final vote was 250 for and 180 against.
Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) left the chamber and called the outcomes of the votes “shameful.”
Mia Ehrenberg, a spokesperson for Homeland Security, told The New York Times that the impeachment resolution should not have ever made it to the floor. She said that if Republicans cared, they would vote on the bipartisan Senate bill.
The GOP has vowed to bring the impeachment measure back to the floor for another vote.
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