house resolution no.86

Reps. Carra, LaFave and Maddock offered the following resolution:

A resolution to urge the United States House of Representatives to adopt a resolution disavowing the January 2021 impeachment of President Donald J. Trump or expel U.S. Representative Maxine Waters for continuing to incite violence.

Whereas, United States Representative Maxine Waters (D-California) has incited violence on multiple occasions. Over the course of the last few years, Congresswoman Waters has frequently encouraged violence, including on Trump Administration officials. On June 23, 2018, she said, "If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere." Most recently, on April 17, 2021, Congresswoman Waters responded to a reporter who was asking what protestors should do if Officer Derek Chauvin was to not be found guilty of murdering George Floyd by stating, "We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business."; and

Whereas, The United States House of Representatives impeached Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, for incitement of insurrection. President Trump did not incite violence and was not responsible for any acts of aggression or violence on January 6, 2021. The United States House of Representatives launched no formal investigation of the facts and held no hearings on the matter, breaking with the precedent of every previously held impeachment. Debate on the matter was limited to only two hours on one of the most important votes many of those members would ever take; and

Whereas, It is imperative that the United States House of Representatives not cheapen the process of removing elected officials by engaging in politically driven decisions and proceedings regarding when to seek removal. Consistent standards must be applied in any effort to remove federally elected officials; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That we urge the United States House of Representatives to either adopt a resolution disavowing the January 2021 impeachment of Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, or to expel United States Representative Maxine Waters for continuing to incite violence; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and the members of the Michigan congressional delegation; and be it further

Resolved, That we request a personal response to this resolution be sent to the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Senate Majority Leader within one month of receipt.