House Democrats, with the help of a small group of Republicans, succeeded on Monday in blocking an attempt led by Republican Representative from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, to remove the Secretary of Homeland Security. Alejandro Mayorkas is in a straight up or down vote.
The final vote tally was 209-201, with eight Republicans joining all Democrats to support the party’s latest motion to stop voting on that floor and instead refer Greene’s impeachment resolution to the House Homeland Security Committee. 24 members – 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans – did not vote on the measure.
Among the eight Republicans who joined the Democrats are Reps. Ken Buck, R-Colorado, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Tom McClintock, R-Calif., Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, and John Duarte, R-Calif., Virginia. Fox, RNC, Cliff Bentz, R-Ore., and Mike Turner, R-Ohio.
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Greene filed the impeachment resolution for Mayorkas on Thursday, which would have forced an impeachment vote without a committee hearing or markup. If it had been voted on and passed, it would have sent impeachment directly to the Senate for trial.
Mayorkas has faced growing calls for his impeachment over the past year in connection with his handling of the border crisis.
Under Mayorkas, migrant encounters at the southern border hit an all-time record in September with a whopping 260,000 encounters, as border officials continue to struggle to handle the large influx, sources told Fox News Digital.
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Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.