Jayapal’s effort to fine any Member of Congress who refuses to wear a mask in the U.S. Capitol was also adopted tonight
WASHINGTON — United States Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a member of the House Judiciary Committee, voted by proxy tonight to pass a Resolution that urges Vice President Mike Pence to immediately convene the Cabinet, activate the 25th Amendment and remove Donald Trump from office. She also reiterated her vigorous support for urgently impeaching the President and holding him fully accountable for inciting insurrectionists to launch a deadly assault on the United States Capitol.
“Donald Trump incited insurrectionists to carry out the most deadly and destructive assault on the U.S. Capitol since the War of 1812. We must immediately remove him from office and hold him fully accountable for this attack on Congress, the country and our democracy,” said Congresswoman Jayapal. “We are demanding Mike Pence and the Cabinet finally put America first and uphold their constitutional duty to invoke the 25th Amendment, ending Trump’s terror and his total control over the military. Assuming the Vice President continues to put this lawless, dangerous president over the people of this country, the House of Representatives must urgently join my call to once again impeach Donald Trump.”
Co-sponsored by Congresswoman Jayapal, House Resolution 21 calls on Vice President Mike Pence to convene and mobilize the Cabinet in order to activate section 4 of the 25th Amendment. This necessary action would declare President Trump incapable of executing the duties of his office, and make Pence acting President. On the evening of January 6, Jayapal became one of the first lawmakers to demand this.
Additionally, Representative Jayapal has been at the forefront of the push to immediately impeach Donald Trump for inciting insurrection. She quickly co-sponsored Articles of Impeachment in the wake of the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. This Resolution is expected to come before the full House of Representatives for a vote on Wednesday.
On Monday, Congresswoman Jayapal also called for the House Sergeant at Arms to remove from the floor and fine any Member of Congress who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol. This commonsense public health procedure was adopted by the House of Representatives tonight.
Representative Jayapal cast tonight’s vote by proxy in accordance with the House Rules that have been adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is isolating per the Capitol Physician’s instructions after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result Monday night in the wake of the January 6 attack in which she was locked down for hours in a secured room with Republican lawmakers who cruelly refused to wear masks and selfishly mocked colleagues who offered them one.
Issues: Government Reform & Ethics