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McCarthy steers Boebert's Biden impeachment resolution away from floor vote into committees

Matter now appears headed to House Rules Committee

Published: June 22, 2023 12:22pm

The effort and apparent rivalry within the House Republican Conference to impeach President Biden has been slowed down by GOP leadership, which is attempting to move the matter to committees instead of allowing for a full floor vote. 

Attempts to impeach Biden by members of the conference’s most right-wing members over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border came to a boiling point Wednesday when Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Loren Boebert argued on the House floor about their competing impeachment resolutions. 

The matter now appears headed to the House Rules Committee, which could vote as early as Thursday to send the Boebert resolution first through the chamber’s Homeland Security and Judiciary committees.

McCarthy told members of his conference Wednesday, apparently before his leadership team attempted to move the front-running Boebert resolution to the Rules Committee, to vote against it. 

"I just think running something on the floor isn't fair to the American public without making the case and making the argument," the California Republican said.

McCarthy also made the argument that bringing the resolution to the floor for a final vote could derail the ongoing GOP investigations of Biden, including those on whether he as vice president used his influence to help son Hunter Biden in his overseas business deals. 

Every House Democrat would almost certainly vote against impeaching Biden, and chamber Republicans in moderate congressional districts might also vote no, which means the measure could fail and backfire on the GOP.

If the resolution did pass in the House, it would almost certainly fail in the Democrat-controlled Senate. 

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