Johnson blames others for failed Mayorkas vote in House

On Tuesday, the House will vote again on impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas after falling short by one vote earlier this week. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who has been working remotely while undergoing cancer treatment, is returning to Washington next week and could provide enough votes for the House GOP to impeach Mayorkas. A special election in New York’s third congressional district to replace former GOP Rep. George Santos adds pressure for Republicans to act quickly. The outcome of the election could affect the already slim Republican majority in the House. Mayorkas narrowly survived the first impeachment vote with the help of a small group of Republicans. However, a fourth Republican switched his vote at the last minute, giving GOP leaders the opportunity to bring up the vote again. Before the switch, the vote was tied at 215-215, defeating the impeachment resolution. Republicans are seeking to impeach Mayorkas over his handling of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, while Democrats argue that the charges do not meet the standard of a high crime or misdemeanor. Legal experts from both sides of the aisle have also criticized the impeachment articles.  

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