Impeachment Delayed Until Tuesday Night

Posted June 10, 2008 at 1:51pm

The nearly five-hour reading of Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s (D-Ohio) impeachment resolution is now being bumped until Tuesday evening.But this time, Republicans won’t pull any procedural punches.

The House will spend Tuesday afternoon running through the suspension calendar and holding subsequent votes. From there, there will be up to two hours of Special Orders, after which point the House clerk is expected to take up and begin reading the full resolution, again. The clerk also read the bill last night.

Lawmakers will wait until Wednesday to refer the resolution to the House Judiciary Committee.

Unlike the way Republicans responded last fall when Kucinich filed an impeachment resolution against Vice President Dick Cheney, a senior GOP aide said Republicans will not pull any stunts when it comes time to send this resolution to committee.

During the vote on the Cheney resolution, Republicans joined liberal Democrats in voting down a motion to table the measure. Their aim was to force Democratic opponents of impeachment to deal directly with the question of impeachment, which House leaders have sought to avoid. After the motion failed, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) offered a motion to refer the resolution to the Judiciary Committee, where it still awaits action.

This time around, Republicans have agreed to a unanimous consent request to allow the resolution to be read Tuesday night after Special Order speeches. In return, GOP leaders will get one hour of speeches “to talk about gas prices,” the focus of their attacks on Democrats, during prime-time television, said the aide.

— Jennifer Bendery