Northland delegation votes along party lines in impeachment

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Updated: January 13, 2021 04:07 PM
Created: January 13, 2021 02:08 PM

Members of Congress from the Northland voted along party lines in the second impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Ten Republicans joined majority Democrats in approving the impeachment resolution 232 to 197. Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.), and Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) all voted against the resolution.

Tiffany and Bergman were among the Republicans who supported unsuccessful challenges to the certification of Arizona and Pennsylvania's electoral votes for Joe Biden last week.

Following Wednesday's impeachment vote, Stauber issued a news release saying he was "shocked and outraged over the violent riots" and said it is "blatant sign that tensions are running high and the rhetoric on both sides has gotten out of control." However, he said impeachment is not the right move.

"I believe efforts to impeach the President contradict the idea of unity and will only further divide our already divided nation. President Trump has just days left in his Presidency and he has promised a peaceful transfer of power. America needs to heal, so I do not support these rushed efforts to impeach the President," Stauber said.

Bergman also said the impeachment debate will divide the nation.

"Let me be clear - as a Nation, we must address the issues that led to last week’s riot at the Capitol, and I will continue to unequivocally denounce these actions and all who participated in these riots. Today’s vote to impeach the President, without even a single hearing, is unprecedented and simply more of the same divisiveness - making no effort to heal our wounds," Bergman's said in a statement released before the final vote.

Tiffany had spoken out against impeachment in a Tuesday news release, calling the vote unnecessary.

"Inflaming an already volatile situation, as this rushed and irresponsible ‘re-impeachment’ push promises to, is exactly the wrong approach," Tiffany said.

All members of Congress from Minnesota and Wisconsin voted along party lines on impeachment. Two Michigan Representatives, Peter Meijer and Fred Upton, were among the ten Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment.

Meijer announced his decision “with a heavy heart” before the vote, saying it “isn’t a victory for my party, and isn’t the victory Democrats might think it is.” 

But after a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week in an effort to overturn Biden’s win, Meijer says it’s a step “for us to reflect on these events and seek ways to correct them.”

Meijer said impeaching Trump will likely exacerbate division and set precedent. But he ultimately concluded it is a “meaningful” way to hold Trump accountable for the “seriousness” of his actions. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Rep. Pete Stauber's full statement on impeachment vote:

“Like most Americans, I am shocked and outraged over the violent riots that took place in the halls of Congress one week ago. I condemn the rioters' actions and believe those individuals must be held accountable to the full extent of the law. What happened last Wednesday is a blatant sign that tensions are running high and the rhetoric on both sides has gotten out of control. It is imperative that leaders across the nation take this moment to unite our country. 

“With that being said, I believe efforts to impeach the President contradict the idea of unity and will only further divide our already divided nation. President Trump has just days left in his Presidency and he has promised a peaceful transfer of power. America needs to heal, so I do not support these rushed efforts to impeach the President. 

“Instead, I will be a part of the healing process and plan to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week.”

Rep. Tom Tiffany's full statement on impeachment vote:

"Speaker Pelosi’s decision to move forward with another partisan effort to remove the president from office with just days remaining in his term is unnecessary." 

"The House heard, debated and rejected constitutionally authorized challenges to the electoral college last week – just as it did after the 2000, 2004 and 2016 elections when Democratic lawmakers lodged objections using the same framework in response to the concerns of their constituents. That is how our system of government works. Inflaming an already volatile situation, as this rushed and irresponsible ‘re-impeachment’ push promises to, is exactly the wrong approach." 

"The electoral count has been certified, Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States, and I plan to attend his inauguration. It is now time for all of us – Democrats and Republicans alike – to turn down the temperature, condemn criminal violence and intimidation on all sides, stop the political score-settling, and move on with the business of the American people."

Rep. Jack Bergman's full statement on impeachment vote:

"The electoral process in Congress has appropriately taken place as provided by our Constitution and laws. With one week remaining before Vice President Joe Biden takes office, today’s move to impeach the President will certainly only further divide our Nation and undoubtedly delay or derail legislation that would help our constituents.

"Let me be clear - as a Nation, we must address the issues that led to last week’s riot at the Capitol, and I will continue to unequivocally denounce these actions and all who participated in these riots. Today’s vote to impeach the President, without even a single hearing, is unprecedented and simply more of the same divisiveness - making no effort to heal our wounds.

“It’s time for our Nation to move forward to find solutions to our problems, continue our efforts to protect our liberties, and build on our collective successes. The American people are frustrated, hurting, and tired of the nonsense seen every day in Washington - on both sides of the aisle. We must do better for the sake of our great Republic."

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