The US House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday evening calling for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office.
Requests for Pence to convene the cabinet to remove Trump have grown in recent days, as reports indicate the president is unwilling to resign in the aftermath of the storming of the US Capitol on January 6.
The passage has no binding legal effect and is considered symbolic, particularly since Pence rejected informal calls for use of the 25th amendment prior to the House vote. Pence iterated that invocation is not consistent with the Constitution and would further divide the country as Trump serves the final days of his term.
House members voted mostly along party lines, with 223 in favor and 205 against. Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois was the only Republican to defect and vote with the Democrats.
The resolution also includes a section directing the Sergeant-at-Arms to impose a fine against members who fail to wear a mask on the House floor. Several representatives have received positive COVID-19 tests after sheltering during last week’s attack with Republican members who refused to wear a mask.
Resolution sponsor Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon called Trump “a clear and present threat to our country” and demanded his removal. She also asserted that the country cannot unite without accountability.
With Pence signaling his unwillingness to use the 25th amendment, the House is expected to vote on Trump’s impeachment later Wednesday.