House Democrats moved the resolution for public impeachment inquiry hearings in a 232-196 vote almost down party lines, save for two Democrats who voted against it.
Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., and Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., were the only two Democrats who voted against the resolution that set the public hearing parameters. Three Republicans did not cast a vote.
According to Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Peterson, who is running in a district won by President Donald Trump in 2016, considers impeachment "futile, unnecessarily divisive, and a bad use of Congress' time."
"I understand certain things said by the president can make people feel uncomfortable," Van Drew told The Press of Atlantic City. "At the same time, it's also been clear we have a year until an election."
After the vote, Van Drew issued a statement:
"Today, I voted Nay on H.Res. 660. Without bipartisan support I believe this inquiry will further divide the country tearing it apart at the seams and will ultimately fail in the Senate. However, now that the vote has taken place and we are moving forward, I will be making a judgment call based on all the evidence presented by these investigations.
"My hope is that we are still able to get some work done to help the American people like infrastructure, veteran's benefits, environmental protections, immigration reform, reducing prescription drug cost, and strengthening Social Security."
Three Republicans and one Democrat did not cast a vote.
- Rep. Jody B. Hice, R-Ga.-10.
- Rep. John W. Rose, R-Tenn.-6.
- Rep. William R. Timmons, R-SC-4.
- A. Donald McEachin, D-Va.-4.
Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich.-3, the only independent in the House – who left the Republican Party to break from President Trump, voted with Democrats.
The New York Times printed the full roll call of the vote.
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