Friday, February 16, 2007

House passes resolution against escalation; Impeachment measures in VT, NM

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lantos/Skelton Resolution on a vote of 246-182. It is non-binding, but will hopefully give the House some sense that it has the mandate to aggressively pursue an alternate path to resolving the conflict in Iraq, e.g. the diplomatic initiative recommended in the Iraq Study Group, and withdrawal.

Disapproving of the decision of the President announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq .

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That--

(1) Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq ; and

(2) Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq .

Following the lead of state legislators elsewhere (in a previous post we recorded the introduction of the impeachment measure in New Mexico on January 24th), Vermont initiates its own process to impeach Bush and Cheney:

A group of Vermont lawmakers, following the lead of many of their constituents, are pushing a resolution calling for President Bush's impeachment because he has "acted in a manner contrary to his trust as president and subversive of constitutional government."

The group may have a tough time enacting their proposal because the House speaker said she intended to send the resolution to a committee whose chairman expressed doubt he'd have time to get to it this year.

Nonetheless, advocates still intend to pressure legislative leaders to adopt the resolution and 23 towns around the state are due to consider similar measures on their Town Meeting Day ballots next month.

Organizers want legislatures around the country to adopt resolutions asking for impeachment proceedings to begin against the president. They argue that if resolutions are adopted, Congress would be forced to consider them under a little-known provision of a parliamentary manual drafted by Thomas Jefferson for the conduct of the House and Senate.

They say that manual requires Congress at least to consider impeachment if the state legislatures demand it.

[Ross Sneyd, Barre-Montpelier Times Argus]

Back in New Mexico, the impeachment measure has made it through the Senate rules committtee.

It is somewhat surprising that other states are ahead of Minnesota in seeking impeachment. Who will introduce a similar measure in the Minnesota state legislature, and when?

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