September 14, 2023

GOP Sen. Tuberville Says Republicans Should Not Waste Time on Biden Impeachment

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) said House Republicans should not waste time on impeachment proceedings against President Joe Biden.

Tuberville made the remarks on NBC's "Meet the Press NOW" about the difficulties of passing impeachment in the Senate.

"You don’t bring a vote to the floor unless you are pretty sure that you can get the amount of votes that you need," Tuberville said.

"I know that wouldn’t make it to anywhere over here in the Senate. That probably wouldn’t even — wouldn’t even let it make it to the floor. But again, this is all up to the House. We got enough problems going on right now," he added.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn (TX) also expressed skepticism about the Biden impeachment effort.

“Since they got the majority, they got the chairmen of the various committees, they could do all of that now without going to a formal inquiry,” Cornyn told the Hill.

“Members of the House don’t really care what I think. All I can tell you, it’s unlikely to be successful in the Senate," he continued.

Even if the impeachment effort is successful in the House under a Republican majority, the push would fail in the Senate where 60 votes would be needed.

The supermajority is almost certainly unable to be reached with the current Democratic Senate majority, leaving a lot of hype about impeachment that faces an impossible barrier in the Senate.

The House can still use impeachment as a method to draw attention to Biden's flaws but senators are concerned that the work could be more trouble than help when it reaches the Senate.

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