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Republicans gear up to impeach Mayorkas as opposition to Ukraine and border bill continues to grow – US politics live | US immigration

Good morning, US politics blog readers. Yesterday, the House of Representatives’ Republican leaders made clear they would not, under any circumstances, support a bill to change immigration policy negotiated in the Senate, even though it contains many of the hardline policies they have demanded. Their opposition likely dooms the prospects of Congress approving new military aid to Ukraine’s beleaguered military, or to Israel, because the GOP demanded immigration policy be overhauled in order to approve new assistance. But far from looking for other ways to work with Joe Biden and the Democrats, House Republicans are doubling down on their confrontational stance today, by holding a floor vote in the afternoon on the articles of impeachment against the homeland security secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas. They accuse him of mishandling border security, and while it’s unclear if the impeachment vote, a rare occurrence against a cabinet secretary, will succeed, the Democratic-led Senate is sure to reject the articles.

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The biggest consequence of the deadlock over the immigration bill is that there is no obvious way to for Congress to find consensus on aiding either country, particularly with the far right turned against Ukraine. The Republican House speaker, Mike Johnson, is nonetheless planning to also call a vote today on a standalone aid package for Israel, but Biden has threatened to veto it, arguing it must be coupled with the immigration bill and the aid to Kyiv.

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And if that wasn’t enough, here’s what else is going on today:

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  • Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will at 5.30pm ET hold a White House reception in honor of Black History Month.

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  • The treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, will appear before the House financial services committee starting at 10am to discuss the stability of America’s financial system, though lawmakers will likely interrogate her about plenty of other subjects.

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  • The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre will answer reporters’ questions at 1.30pm.

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House Republicans prepare to impeach Mayorkas as opposition to immigration deal grows

Good morning, readers of the US Politics Blog. Yesterday, House Republican leaders made it clear that they would not under any circumstances support the immigration change bill being negotiated in the Senate, even though it includes many of the hard-line policies they have called for. Their opposition leaves Congress unlikely to approve new military aid to the beleaguered Ukrainian military or Israel, as Republicans demand an overhaul of immigration policy to approve new aid. There is a high possibility that it will. But instead of looking for other ways, joe biden And Democrats and House Republicans are doubling down on their confrontational stance today with an afternoon floor vote on articles of impeachment against the Secretary of Homeland Security. Alejandro Mayorkas. They have accused him of mishandling border security, and while it is unclear whether the unprecedented impeachment vote against a cabinet member will succeed, it is certain that the Democratic-led Senate will reject the provision.

The biggest consequence of the impasse over immigration legislation is that there is no clear way for Congress to find an agreement on helping either country, especially with the far right hostile to Ukraine. The Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives mike johnson Still, a vote on a standalone aid package for Israel is scheduled to take place today, but Biden has threatened to veto it, saying it needs to be combined with an immigration bill and aid to Kiev.

If that’s not enough, here’s what else is happening today.

  • joe biden and kamala harris A reception will be held at the White House to commemorate Black History Month at 5:30 p.m. ET.

  • of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen; He is scheduled to appear before the House Financial Services Committee at 10 a.m. to discuss the stability of the U.S. financial system, but lawmakers are likely to question him on a number of other topics.

  • White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre He will answer questions from reporters starting at 1:30 p.m.

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