White House Pushes Back on Republican Talk of Impeachment
The White House has responded to Republican discussions of impeachment as “a partisan stunt” following Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s statement that she will not vote for funding the government without impeachment proceedings.
During a town hall meeting with her constituents, Greene announced that she would refuse to vote on necessary budget bills unless an impeachment inquiry for President Joe Biden is initiated. She later reiterated this stance on X (formerly known as Twitter).
A failure to fund the government by the end of the fiscal year on September 30 could result in a shutdown, leading to furloughed workers, closed agencies, and endangered essential programs. With less than a month left, the House has only passed one of the 12 budget bills required to fund the government.
In response to the situation, the White House has requested Congress to pass a short-term continuing resolution for funding while long-term budget negotiations continue. However, even before Greene’s remarks, significant divisions persisted between the parties, with Republicans advocating for substantial spending cuts that are unlikely to pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Additional Demands by Marjorie Taylor Greene
In addition to her stance on impeachment, Greene has also declared that she will not vote on budget measures unless certain conditions are met. These conditions include defunding what she refers to as “Biden’s weaponization of government,” ending coronavirus mandates, and ceasing funding to Ukraine.
The White House’s spokesperson, Ian Sams, strongly refuted Greene’s statements in a press release. He emphasized that millions of dollars have already been wasted on what he called the “wild goose chase” of investigating President Biden and his family.
Republicans have failed to present any evidence of wrongdoing by Biden or any benefits he received from his son’s involvement with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma when Biden was vice president.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has cautioned his members about the potential negative consequences of failing to fund the government, including its impact on their impeachment probe. McCarthy referred to the impeachment inquiry as a “natural next step” in a recent interview on Fox News.
McCarthy also stated in an interview with Breitbart News that if the House were to initiate an impeachment inquiry into Biden, a formal vote would be necessary to proceed.