UPDATE: Hoyer: 'Impeachment ... Not on Our Agenda'
After the vote on the impeachment resolution, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) unequivocally said he expects no action taken by the Judiciary Committee to consider the Kucinich articles of impeachment against Vice President Cheney. "The speaker and I have both said impeachment, either of the president or the vice president, is not on our agenda," Hoyer told Capitol Briefing.
He said that this is the "waning" era of the Bush White House, meaning any impeachment proceedings would merely divert attention from the Democratic agenda of trying to actually halt the Iraq war and domestic items such as expanding health insurance for poor children. "This would take us months," Hoyer said of impeachment, saying that Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) already has a "busy agenda".
â€¢ 86 Democrats voted against tabling the Kucinich resolution, signaling the base-line level of support for impeaching Cheney; 165 Republicans sided with Kucinich;
â€¢ 14 Democrats on Judiciary, including Conyers, also voted with Kucinich, more than half the Democrats on the panel;
â€¢ Just four Republicans - Wayne Gilchrest (Md.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Ron Paul (Tex.) and Mike Rogers (Mich.) - voted in favor of sending the resolution to committee. Gilchrest, Jones and Paul have all opposed the Iraq war, not surprising for them to be potentially supportive of impeachment proceedings. Rogers, however, has been a loyal Republican on Iraq war votes.
November 6, 2007; 6:20 PM ET
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