Impeachment vote and government shutdown on a collision course

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President Trump during a visit with military troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day. (White House photo)

With just hours to spare, a November 21 shutdown of the federal government was postponed for at least another month due to passage of a short-term spending bill. So the new December 20 deadline for lawmakers to pass a federal budget could be during the same week as a vote on articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. Impeachment vote
An impeachment vote by the House of Representatives is likely the week before Christmas. The federal government could come to a grinding halt that same week. Impeachment vote
For a president who likes diversions, a government shutdown would present one for the Republican leader in the wake of weeks-long impeachment hearings and the pending vote in the Democrat-majority House. In the meantime, lawmakers have returned to the negotiating table, hoping to work out at a finalized spending package that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year (September 30). Impeachment vote
Both parties are mostly on board with spending levels, but here’s the holdup (again): Republicans want billions of dollars for a border wall, President Trump’s signature project. And congressional Democrats aren’t going to agree to this use of taxpayer funds. Impeachment vote
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A closure sign at a Death Valley National Park Campground in January 2018.

Shutdown impacts
Three Rivers feels the effects of a government shutdown mainly due to its proximity to public lands: National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management. Impeachment vote
During the October 2013 shutdown, the National Park Service turned away millions of visitors to more than 400 parks, national monuments, and other sites. The National Park Service estimated that the shutdown led to more than half a billion dollars in lost visitor spending nationwide. 
A different tact was attempted during the 2018-2019 shutdown. Many parks remained open, though no visitor services were provided, and damage and trash build-up occurred at many sites nationwide.
So will Christmas 2019 be merry and bright or will the Grinch steal Christmas? Currently, no one knows. Impeachment vote
The next steps in impeachment
Currently, the impeachment process in in the hands of the House Judiciary Committee. The committee has determined there are sufficient grounds for impeachment, so its members are writing the articles of impeachment, which then go to the full House for a vote.
A simple majority in the House is what’s needed to formally impeach a president. The final stage is the Senate impeachment trial. If two-thirds of the Republican-controlled Senate vote to find the president guilty of the crimes laid out in the articles of impeachment, the president will be removed from office. Impeachment vote
History of impeachment
Just three previous presidents have faced impeachment proceedings: Andrew Johnson (1868), Richard Nixon (1974), and Bill Clinton (1998). vote
Nixon resigned before the House of Representatives had a chance to vote on impeachment. Johnson and Clinton were formally impeached by Congress, but neither were found guilty in a Senate impeachment trial (Johnson survived the proceedings by one vote). 
As such, no U.S. president, and there’s been 45 of them, has ever been removed from office. This was the intention of the Constitution’s framers, to make it difficult for Congress to remove a sitting president.

2 thoughts on “Impeachment vote and government shutdown on a collision course

  • December 6, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    The Federal budget is to be effective October 1st each year. How long will we tolerate one diversion, one excuse after another from our Representatives and Senators who fail to perform the job for which they campaigned and were elected. An approved, vetted budget gives federal agencies both the opportunity to accomplish their program of work and accountability to us.. Continuing resolutions are poor governance. There is no excuse. Congress should not leave Washington DC nor be paid in the 4th fiscal quarter (7/1-9/30) until the new fiscal year budget is passed.

  • December 8, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Passing a timely Federal budget is not in the interest of most of the professional politicians and other WDC swamp dwellers for the simple reason that it shortens the season for gathering “campaign contributions” and harvesting the various other forms of bribery.


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