US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, speaks to the media near the entrance to the Fulton County Jail as former US President Donald Trump is expected to turn himself in for arraignment after his indictment in Georgia, in Atlanta , August 24th. , 2023.
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WASHINGTON – The White House dismissed Republican comments on impeachment as “a partisan stunt” after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georg., vowed not to vote to fund the government without due process.
“I have already decided that I will not vote to fund the government unless we have passed an impeachment inquiry,” Greene said.
During a public meeting Thursday night before his constituents and later at a post to Xformerly known as Twitter, Greene said he would not vote on necessary budget bills unless the impeachment process for President Joe Biden begins.
Not funding the government would lead to a shutdown when the fiscal year ends on September 30, which could result in layoffs of workers, closure of agencies and jeopardizing many essential programs.
The House has only passed one of the 12 budget bills needed to fund the government, and there is less than a month to go before the deadline to do so.
The White House on Thursday Congress asked pass a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government while long-term budget negotiations continue. Even before Greene’s comments, deep divisions remain between the parties and Republicans are seeking to implement deep spending cuts that are unlikely to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Greene also said she would not vote on budget measures if the House did not “defund Biden’s use of government as a weapon,” end Covid-19 mandates, and stop funding Ukraine.
White House spokesman Ian Sams strongly rebuffed Greene in a statement, saying millions of dollars had already been wasted on the “goose chase” that is the investigation into Biden and his family.
“One of the most powerful members of the House, Marjorie Taylor Greene, has just admitted that the Republican impeachment in the House is just a partisan stunt pushed by the most extreme, far-right members,” Sams said.
Republicans have yet to show any evidence of wrongdoing by Biden when he was vice president and his son Hunter was on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, or that Biden benefited from his son’s role at all.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has begun warning his members that not funding the government could have adverse effects on his impeachment inquiry, which in an interview with Fox News last Sunday he called “the natural next step.” “.
“If we shut down, the whole government will shut down: the investigations and everything else,” McCarthy told Fox News on Sunday.
In an interview with Breitbart News on Friday, McCarthy said that if the House opens an impeachment inquiry against Biden, there will be a formal vote to do so.
“If we do move forward with an impeachment inquiry, it would come through a vote in the House of People and not through a statement from any one person,” McCarthy said.