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The Republicans outmaneuver the Pelosi Congress:
Update at 3:43 p.m. ET: At least 149 Republicans have voted in favor of considering the impeachment resolution. Hoyer’s motion, which would have blocked a vote, looks like its going to fail by at least 31 votes.
Update at 3:53 p.m. ET: The 15-minute vote began at 2:53 p.m. ET. It’s been an hour, and they’re still voting. The tally stands at 170-242 right now. Hoyer needed 218 votes to push the bill off the agenda. He’s 72 votes short.
Update at 4:02 p.m. ET: Hoyer’s motion failed 251-162. The House is now voting on whether to vote on whether the resolution should be sent to the Judiciary Committee.
The White House reacted to the latest Democratic shenanigans:
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino criticized Democrats in Congress for spending time on this debate rather than focusing on health care for children and veterans.
“This Congress has not sent a single appropriations bill to the president’s desk this year – a new record of failure,” Perino said.
“Yet, they find time to spend an entire work period on futile votes to impeach the vice president or to pass contempt citations against the president’s chief of staff and former counsel. It is this behavior that leaves the American people shaking their head in wonder at this Congress,” Perino added.
The articles will now go to the House Judiciary Committee for review.
Dennis Kucinish savored the sweet victory as his impeachment inquiry moved to committee:
Kucinich savored the victory, saying that Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers had reassured him and backers of the resolution “that he would in fact launch an impeachment inquiry.” But Conyers told FOX News that he would announce his decision on Wednesday after speaking with House Democratic leaders.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has previously stated that she did not want the impeachment articles to come to a vote. High-ranking Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, who was himself impeached while a judge in Florida, said he was not happy with Kucinich’s attempts to raise the matter on the floor in an attempt to circumvent the normal legislative process.
Kucinich “is on a quest of his own. He sees flying saucers and he acts like one,” Hastings said.
Hat Tip Juandos