These 4 Republicans voted against impeaching DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, sinking the GOP’s efforts

GOP Reps. Mike Gallagher, Tom McClintock, and Ken BuckGetty
Published February 7, 2024
  • The House failed to impeach Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
  • House Republicans had little room for error given their narrow majority.

House Republicans failed on Tuesday evening to impeach Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, a stunning setback for House Speaker Mike Johnson and another example of the chaos surrounding his chamber.

Four Republicans joined all House Democrats in voting down what would have been the first impeachment of a Cabinet official in nearly 150 years. The final vote was 214 to 216.

Reps. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, Ken Buck of Colorado, and Tom McClintock of California all voted against the impeachment. Rep. Blake Moore of Utah switched his vote at the last minute to “no” so that the chamber can bring it up again. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise missed the vote. He has been away from Washington for treatment for multiple myeloma. It is unclear if or when the GOP will return to the topic.

Republicans were set to have a narrow majority after the 2022 midterms, but the GOP has narrowed its power even further. Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy resigned from Congress after his ouster. In a historic move, the House also voted to expel Rep. George Santos of New York.



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Published February 7, 2024

reacted furiously Tuesday after a resolution to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas failed to pass in the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives voted against impeaching Mayorkas 216-214, after Republican Reps. Ken Buck of Colorado, Tom McClintock of California and Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin voted “no” to initially create a 215-215 tie and Republican Rep. Blake Moore of Utah switched his vote to “no” to be able to call for a motion to reconsider. Many Republicans ripped Buck, McClintock and Gallager for their “no” votes.

“Mayorkas impeachment COLLAPSES 214-216,” Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina posted on X. “A resounding betrayal of the American people. As one of 435, we stood firm, voting for impeachment. Now, members are ON THE RECORD, shamefully choosing to snub the will of the people.”


“Tonight, I voted to impeach Secretary Mayorkas,” Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia posted. “His deliberate destruction of our borders is unsustainable, unacceptable, and unlawful. Mayorkas deserves to be FIRED for violating our laws and failing to uphold his oath of office. Yet 3* House Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the resolution—leading the vote to fail.”



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EAGLE PASS, TEXAS – JANUARY 08: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas holds a press conference at a U.S. Border Patrol station on January 08, 2024 in Eagle Pass, Texas. Mayorkas visited Texas border areas where large numbers of migrants had been crossing over the Rio Grande from Mexico just weeks before. The number has recently dropped dramatically, according to Mayorkas since the Mexican government ramped up enforcement actions, slowing many migrants from reaching the U.S. southern border. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Published February 7, 2024

In a dramatic embarrassment for Republicans, the House on Tuesday narrowly rejected impeachment charges against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the southern border after a small group of Republicans broke with their party.

The deeply partisan effort charged Mayorkas with failing to properly enforce the nation’s immigration laws amid a record surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and breaching the public’s trust. But constitutional scholars warned that the evidence amounted to a policy dispute that does not reach the high bar of impeachment and could degrade the seriousness of the impeachment process.

In the end, four Republicans and all Democrats voted against impeachment. It was a stunning scene on the House floor, as Republicans kept the vote open for several minutes as Democrats cheered. Rep. Tom McClintock, a California Republican who voted against the effort, criticized his party for “bad politics and bad policy” in a statement on Tuesday. “The problem is that they fail to identify an impeachable crime that Mayorkas has committed,” McClintock wrote. “In effect, they stretch and distort the Constitution in order to hold the administration accountable for stretching and distorting the law.” He also warned that impeaching Mayorkas would set a precedent for future impeachment efforts against Republican cabinet members.




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