The Most Partisan Impeachment in our Nation's History
Impeachment is one of the most consequential actions the House of Representatives can take. Throughout this process, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat Majority have broken historic bipartisan standards, denied the President due process, and moved the goalposts time and again in order to shape their desired narrative and outcome. The fact that 44% of my Democrat colleagues voted to impeach the President of the United States before the Ukraine Call on July 25th even took place exemplifies their partisan desire to remove this President.
Our nation’s founders warned about using impeachment as a political weapon. On December 18th, Speaker Pelosi ignored those warnings and the House proceeded with the most partisan and divisive impeachment vote in the history of our nation.
The Democrats’ endless drive to impeach this President has further divided our nation and damaged the House of Representatives as an institution. By making the decision to abandon the Judiciary Committee and conduct the majority of the impeachment proceedings behind closed doors through the Intelligence Committee, Speaker Pelosi has set a dangerous and partisan precedent that will have a chilling effect on how constitutional matters are handled in the future.
After reviewing the facts, I believe Speaker Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and their Democrat colleagues have failed to make their case for impeachment. In just under 11 months, the American people will go to the polls and have the opportunity to vote and make their selection for President. By engaging in a rushed, partisan process, Democrats are seeking to either overturn the outcome of the 2016 election or influence the 2020 election – neither of which should be acceptable to the American people.
The photos above are the voting cards marking my votes against impeaching President Trump. The next morning, I spoke to WHTC to discuss the votes and Speaker Pelosi's decision not to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. You can listen to the interview here.
The USMCA is a Win for Michigan
For more than a year, I have consistently called on Speaker Pelosi to hold a vote on the United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) trade agreement because it will strengthen our economy, create jobs, and provide new opportunities for families across Michigan.
By modernizing and strengthening our trading partnership with Mexico and Canada it also puts the United States in a stronger position to complete trade negotiations with China.
Prior to the House voting on December 19th, I had the opportunity to discuss the positive impact the USMCA will have on manufacturing, agriculture, and the residents of Michigan.
To watch my remarks on how the USMCA is a win for Michigan workers, farmers, and job creators, click on the photo above.
Protecting Against Lakeshore Erosion
Earlier this month, I put forward an amendment to H.R. 729, the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act, to ensure a portion of the Living Lakeshores Grant Program was specifically designated for protecting coastal communities along the Great Lakes.
Our communities are facing devastating consequences if we don't act to protect our shorelines now. It is imperative that resources are provided through all available options to enhance the shorelines of the Great Lakes and protect our communities.
I am happy to report my amendment was unanimously adopted and H.R. 729 passed the House by a vote of 262 -121. You can watch my remarks by clicking on the picture above.
On December 20th, I met with constituents in Spring Lake who are being directly impacted by the high water levels and erosion. It is clear that some areas have experienced a devastating impact. As we continue to confront these challenges, I will continue to work with my colleagues at all levels of government on solutions to protect West Michigan.
Happy New Year
As we say farewell to 2019, I want to wish you and your family a safe and Happy New Year! I look forward to providing these updates to you in 2020!
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