WASHINGTON (Nexstar) West Texas lawmakers are sounding off on the impeachment proceedings taking place in Washington today.
The U.S. House of Representatives has charged President Trump with incitement of insurrection, following the riots and chaos at the Capitol last week. Reports indicate that the House has enough votes to impeach Trump a second time.
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he does not plan to bring the Senate back early for the trial, the Associated Press reports.
Rep. Jodey Arrington said Tuesday that now is not the time to impeach the President and called on his colleagues to focus on unity.
U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales called the impeachment vote a ‘partisan move’ that only makes the divide in our country worse.
“America needs a steady hand to calm our nation’s unrest. Today’s vote on impeachment was another partisan move forced by Nancy Pelosi. With one week left in President Trump’s term, the latest efforts to impeach the President does nothing to heal our country. We are bitterly divided right now – and this effort only worsens the divide.”
Rep. August Pfluger issued a lengthy statement Wednesday evening, agreeing with his Republican colleagues.
“The events of the last week have left many of us feeling hurt, confused, and horrified. Like many of the good, hard-working, honest folks in the 11th District of Texas, I am disappointed about the outcome of the 2020 Election, but sickened by the radical mob who descended on the U.S. Capitol to carry out vandalism and violence, which resulted in the deaths of at least five Americans—including U.S. Capitol Police Officers.
“As I have said repeatedly in the past, I unequivocally condemn all acts of violence. I was glad to see the President denounce the violent acts today and call for peace, but I wish it would have been earlier.
“We need to take a deep breath and think about how we move this country forward.
“Impeachment is not the answer.
“In fact, impeachment is a somber responsibility and one of the most significant processes entrusted to Congress by the Constitution. It is paramount that all proceedings adhere to Congressional rules, historic precedent, and allow for a deliberative process that the American people can trust, which includes due process.
“This rushed impeachment, that hasn’t had a single House hearing and won’t be taken up in the Senate until after the President’s term has expired, will only further divide our country and alienate the over 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump and support conservative values.
“It is time to turn down the temperature.
“It is time to remember American exceptionalism. That the United States in the greatest country the world has ever known. That our system of self-governance is tried and tested. That decisions made in the United States Congress have liberated millions, raised generations out of poverty, educated our children, powered and fed the world, and eradicated disease.
“And we will do this again.
“It is time to put these dark times behind us and move forward as one.“God bless America, and God bless the 11th District of Texas.” – August Pfluger
No Texas Republicans voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday afternoon.