(UnitedVoice.com) – Republicans are furious with the way Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has handled the border crisis. Many conservative lawmakers want to impeach him. Recently, two legislators took a different approach.
Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX) and Claudia Tenney (R-NY) have introduced an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill that would reduce the secretary’s pay to $1. The measure would use the Holman Rule, which allows members of the House to fire or reduce the salary of some federal employees.
The amendment states that no money in the appropriations act can be used to pay the secretary more than $1.
Roy issued a statement calling on officials to end the crisis at the Southern border. The Texas representative said the American people shouldn’t have to pay someone’s salary if they aren’t doing their “job and uphold[ing] his oath.” He went on to say he was “glad” to be working with Tenney to “regain operational control of the border.”
Tenney issued a statement to Fox News Digital slamming the DHS secretary, saying he shouldn’t “be paid hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to continually fail to protect” taxpayers from migrants crossing the border illegally. During an appearance on Fox Business, the Western New York representative said she would like to see the secretary “impeached, removed, and potentially prosecuted” for the border crisis. She said she also wants President Joe Biden to be “impeached and removed.”
Secretary Mayorkas must be:
But until then, I’m working to make sure his salary reflects his failures by setting it at $1! pic.twitter.com/k9LOYKgLeT
— Rep. Claudia Tenney (@RepTenney) September 7, 2023
Republican leaders have been facing growing pressure from some of the most conservative members of their party over a potential impeachment of Mayorkas. Despite a desire to see him go, it doesn’t appear the GOP has enough votes to actually impeach him. In June, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said he thinks they are “getting pretty darn close,” but two months later, nothing has changed. It’s unclear whether Tenney and Roy have the votes needed to get their amendment through.
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