This week, Republicans in the House will be put to the test as they anticipate voting on resolutions to impeach President Joe Biden and to censure Representative Adam Schiff, Democrat from California.
Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert, a Republican, made waves on Tuesday evening with her tweet declaring an intent to file a privileged motion. This parliamentary procedure could expedite her articles of impeachment against Biden, pushing them to the House floor for an impending vote.
Simultaneously, Georgia’s Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is reportedly considering the same strategy to expedite a vote on her own impeachment effort against President Biden, according to insider reports.
Schiff has found himself in the crosshairs of a resolution presented last week by Florida Republican Representative Anna Paulina Luna. Luna argues that Schiff should face consequences for endorsing the discredited Steele dossier and making unfounded assertions about collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.
Luna plans to introduce a new resolution to censure Schiff and refer him to the House Ethics Committee. This move comes after a handful of Republicans voiced concerns about a substantial fine attached to her initial motion.
According to Axios, both Representatives Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Marc Molinaro of New York, fellow Republicans, have expressed support for Luna’s revised resolution.
Boebert’s impeachment articles against Biden center around the ongoing crisis at the southern border. She argues that Biden’s neglect has essentially allowed drug cartels to seize control, leading to a spike in crime and illegal activities.
Despite these bold moves, not all Republicans are on board with the proposed impeachment. Representative Nick LaLota of New York cautioned, “I don’t think that impeachment is something that should be taken lightly.”
Impeachment articles passed by the House lead to a Senate trial. Given the current Democratic majority in the Senate, any impeachment charges against Biden seem unlikely to result in a conviction.
Despite some intra-party disagreement, Greene and Boebert’s actions underscore a growing discontentment among some Republicans with the current administration’s handling of critical issues, particularly the border crisis. As these representatives move to hold the President accountable, we’re reminded of the importance of political courage and the role of checks and balances in our democratic system.