Just when the Biden administration was set to be held accountable for its criminal negligence of national security, eight Republicans came to its rescue. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) attempted to hold its feet to the fire but to no avail.
Specifically, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas faced impeachment proceedings, but no more.
The eight representatives, Ken Buck (R-CO), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), John Duarte (R-CA), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Cliff Bentz (R-OR) and Mike Turner (R-OH) instead sided with all Democrats in protecting Mayorkas.
Tonight Republicans had the chance to hold Secretary Mayorkas accountable for his failures in protecting our homeland.
Luckily for Mayorkas, weak republicans can always be found when you need them. 8 members of the GOP voted against it and 12 more didn’t even vote.
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— 🇺🇸Travis🇺🇸 (@Travis_in_Flint) November 14, 2023
Greene went straight for the jugular last week, proposing a vote without the normal hearing or committee markup. If successful, the case against the secretary would have proceeded directly to the Senate for trial.
But that will not happen. The final tally was 209-201 against impeachment proceedings. Twelve members of both parties did not even bother to vote.
The Department of Homeland Security, of course, accused Congress of “wasting time.”
Officials laughably claimed that lawmakers are impeding the agency’s efforts to “stop fentanyl and further secure our borders.” In a statement, DHS credited Mayorkas with being “laser-focused” on national security, even as millions of unvetted military-age males pour across the border.
In September, overwhelmed border agents worked through an all-time record 260,000 encounters. But recent evidence proved that it does not have to be this way.
There are many noteworthy accomplishments history will record from former President Donald Trump’s administration. The economy grew at a solid pace even as the world enjoyed a period of relative peace.
Then came Joe Biden. For all of his failures, few are more egregious than the complete abandonment of Trump’s successes and the surrender of national security to bad actors from all over the globe.
Fentanyl poured across the open border with Mexico, claiming thousands of American lives every month. Human trafficking reached epic numbers, and many of the victims were innocent children.
And all of this came under Alejandro Mayorkas’ watch. With Republicans in charge of the House, now was the time to hold someone accountable. If the Homeland Security secretary cannot be impeached for one of the worst job performances in the history of the nation, who will ever face the music?