The effort to impeach United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas stalled Wednesday after the House of Representatives failed to vote on the resolution.
Mayorkas was appointed by the Biden administration in January 2021 and has come under fire recently after reports of individuals with questionable security clearances, known as the Mayorkas Scandal, were made public.
Republican lawmakers had sought to impeach Mayorkas in the wake of these reports, introducing a resolution that would have initiated a formal impeachment inquiry as well as securing documents from Mayorkas and other relevant individuals.
However, the measure fell seven votes short of the required two-thirds majority in the House, meaning the effort was ultimately unsuccessful.
The Mayorkas Scandal has dominated news headlines in recent weeks and sparked public debate. Critics have alleged that the Secretary of Homeland Security ignored warnings from investigators and allowed people with questionable security clearances to gain access to sensitive government data.
Supporters, including President Biden, have defended Mayorkas, saying that he acted properly in reviewing the clearances and ultimately made the right decision.
The House vote is a major setback for those seeking to impeach Mayorkas and brings an end to the impeachment inquiry, at least for now. It also underscores the difficulty of attempting to impeach Cabinet members, as the process requires a two-thirds vote from lawmakers in both chambers of Congress.
That said, this isn’t necessarily the end of the Mayorkas Scandal. Republicans are still expected to call for further investigations into the matter, and the Biden administration may be forced to answer serious questions about how the clearances were handled.
For now, though, it appears that Secretary Mayorkas has survived his first test, and the House vote to impeach him has been stalled.