On the Hill with Doug Christian
(Audio: Vote tally to hold AG William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress)
CAPITOL HILL – Those were the final committee votes in the House Oversight Committee to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for their refusal to turn over documents related to the Trump administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) confirmed passage of the bill with 23 yeas and 16 nos Wednesday evening.
All Democrats voted yes, along with Republican Rep. Justin Amash from Michigan. Amash is not only the only Republican member of Congress to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, but he is also calling for a broader shakeup of the two-party system, insisting that blind loyalty to a party’s position is undermining democracy.
Amash’s pinned tweet at the top of his Twitter page features a quote from George Washington:
“Let me now…warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.”
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) February 20, 2017
As Amash receives blowback from the Republican party for his stance on impeachment, he tweets that, “I defend our Constitution, the Rule of Law, and the orderly working of our American institutions—and, in each case, the partisan reactions were perfectly predictable. The two-party system is hurting America.”
Here are two issues I tweeted about on Tuesday. In each case, I defend our Constitution, the Rule of Law, and the orderly working of our American institutions—and, in each case, the partisan reactions were perfectly predictable. The two-party system is hurting America. https://t.co/os5ZrBYPE9 pic.twitter.com/EbnL9LHax6
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 12, 2019
Looking forward, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is wooing the White House to get on board with a two-year spending deal. McConnell invited Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to a meeting with senators Wednesday, to underscore his argument that a spending deal is essential to avoid huge defense spending cuts at year’s end.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill