Posted 4 months ago
Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., on Monday blocked Democrats from bringing up a resolution to urge Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
Under House rules, it took only one lawmaker to block immediate consideration of the resolution aimed at pressuring Republicans to take power away from Trump.
Democrats can now bring it up for a vote on Tuesday as they move forward with a new article of impeachment.
The article, which charges Trump with inciting an insurrection, was officially introduced Monday.
It could be considered as early as Wednesday, according to Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, one of the authors.
While the article has no Republican cosponsors, Cicilline told reporters he's hopeful some will vote for it.
The 25th Amendment resolution that will be debated Tuesday calls on Pence and the cabinet to, within 24 hours, "declare what is obvious to a horrified Nation: That the President is unable to successfully discharge the duties and powers of his office."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that lawmakers must "act with urgency" because Trump is an imminent threat to both the Constitution and democracy.
"As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action," she wrote in a letter to colleagues.
Mooney had been among the House Republicans who voted last week not to accept the state-certified election results showing Trump lost reelection.
Pence has not shown an interest in triggering the never-used section of the amendment that could strip Trump of his authority.
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