The U.S. House vote to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas failed narrowly on Tuesday, with four Republicans voting with Democrats.
In a 214-216 vote, the House failed to take up the resolution to impeach Mayorkas. There were four Republican “No” votes: California Rep. Tom McClintock, Colorado Rep. Ken Buck, Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher and Utah Rep. Blake Moore.
Moore voted “No” at the last second so House Republicans could bring up the vote again, since a 215-215 vote wouldn’t have allowed that.
“Secretary Mayorkas will be remembered as the worst Secretary of Homeland Security in history. While inexcusable, this incompetence is not constitutional grounds for an impeachment,” Buck tweeted Monday.
After the vote, Greene released a statement about Moore’s vote:
“Blake Moore changed his vote no when asked by leadership for procedural reasons to make a motion to reconsider so that we can vote on impeachment again next week. We look forward to Leader Steve Scalise returning to vote yes and officially impeaching Secretary Mayorkas,” Greene said on Twitter.
.@SpeakerJohnson: “The resolution is not adopted.”
U.S. House FAILS to impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas, 214-216. pic.twitter.com/5knO836v5b
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The resolution was originally introduced by Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
In November, the House voted 209-201 to refer articles of impeachment against Mayorkas to committee, with eight Republicans voting with Democrats to prevent a full House vote on the resolution.
Greene then reintroduced the resolution to impeach Mayorkas later in November.