Charlotte Tyler
February 3, 2024

Hesitant Republican base may impede Mayorkas impeachment effort

A few Republican lawmakers are under careful scrutiny by House GOP leaders in anticipation of their predicted vote next week on whether or not to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Given the party's narrow majority and the likelihood that every single Democrat will oppose it, Republicans will need to be virtually in total agreement in order to secure a vote that would go down in history. Since 1876, no Cabinet official has been impeached, as Fox News reported.

Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) stated to reporters on Thursday morning that impeaching Mayorkas does not have his "solid" support.

Buck expressed disapproval of the Biden official's management of the southern border crisis, but added, "The people that I’m talking to on the outside, the constitutional experts, former members agree that this just isn’t an impeachable offense."

Undecided Republicans

At least four additional Republicans remain publicly undecided.

Friday, the office of moderate Republican Governance Group leader Representative David Joyce (R-OH) confirmed to Fox News Digital that he "has met with [House Homeland Security Committee] Chairman [Mark] Green and is reviewing the material that they have provided."

House Financial Services Committee Chair Patrick McHenry (R-NC) has not disclosed his stance to the media. Earlier this week, Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Tom McClintock (R-CA) also declined to specify their position.

In recent weeks, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), has presided over one of the most tenuous majorities in the history of the chamber.

Due to Republican absences and the departures of three former legislators, Johnson has been precariously clinging to a two-seat majority.

However, he was recently granted some breathing room with the resignation of longstanding New York Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins, effective Friday.

More Republicans Moving

Also anticipated to return to the House shortly are House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) who was undergoing treatment related to his cancer diagnosis, and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) who has been recuperating from a vehicle accident.

The House Republican Party's emphasis on the border crisis would be severely damaged if the indictment of Mayorkas failed to pass.

Republican leaders in the House are pressing for Mayorkas' impeachment on the grounds that he knowingly disregarded the law to permit the migration crisis to escalate.

The endeavor has been endorsed by an overwhelming majority of Republicans in the House. Earlier this week, Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), a key moderate who was also previously undecided about impeaching the Cabinet secretary, told reporters that he would support it as well.

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