Impeach Cheney Resolution Hits House Floor

Kucinich bill sent off to committee, not fast enough for some Dems
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2007 10:00 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, speaks during a Bioeconomy Conference Forum on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Dennis Kucinich's dogged campaign to impeach Dick Cheney had its moment in the spotlight today, when Kucinich brought his bill to to the House floor and, with an unexpected assist from Republicans hoping to embarrass the majority party, it was nearly opened for debate. GOP members voted to allow debate and came close to prevailing, before Democrat Steny Hoyer offered a motion to refer the bill back to committee.

"Impeachment is not on our agenda," said Hoyer, whose motion passed, but not before Kucinich had an opportunity to read three articles of impeachment, which charge the vice president with "fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction" to justify the war in "in a manner damaging to our national security interests." The resolution is now likely to be effectively shelved for some time.