Impeachment Gambit: GOP Congressman Attempts to Adjourn Before Vote

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., votes no on the first article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2019. Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERS
December 18, 2019 Topic: Politics Region: Americas Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: Donald TrumpImpeachmentHouse RepublicansHouse DemocratsUkraine

Impeachment Gambit: GOP Congressman Attempts to Adjourn Before Vote

He wants to 'stop wasting America's time with impeachment.'

Republican Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs offered a motion to adjourn Wednesday morning ahead of the House’s vote on two articles of impeachment.

“So we can stop wasting America’s time on impeachment, I move that the House do now adjourn,” Biggs said around 9 a.m.

The motion failed in the House, which is controlled by Democrats. It did force a delay in proceedings as House members had to vote on whether to pass the motion.

The House will vote on whether to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, voting on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House Judiciary Committee voted on the impeachment articles Dec. 13, passing both with a vote of 23-17.

GOP leaders will be allowed to submit other motions to adjourn throughout the day Wednesday, The Hill reported. Officially, six hours of debate are allowed for the impeachment articles.

Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern said Tuesday evening that the process will likely take a lot longer, suggesting it might double to around 12 hours.

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