Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has vowed not to vote for government spending bills unless the House of Representatives launches an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden during a Thursday town hall.
Greene has introduced five articles of impeachment against Biden during his presidency, the first being introduced the day after his inauguration in 2021. As inquiries into Biden’s connections to his son’s business dealings in Ukraine intensify, Greene has demanded an impeachment inquiry in exchange for her vote to pass 12 appropriations bills before Sept. 30 to avoid a government shutdown, according to a video of her remarks posted on Twitter, now known as X.
“I’ve already decided: I will not vote to fund the government unless we vote to pass an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden,” Greene said to applause from her constituents.
The House Oversight Committee, of which Greene is a member, has conducted a long-running investigation into the business dealings of Hunter Biden and his father’s potential involvement in them.
“We have to fire [U.S. Attorney] David Weiss, who is protecting Hunter Biden,” Greene noted, referring to the special counsel named to investigate criminal allegations against Hunter Biden, including his foreign business dealings.
Republicans have a narrow majority in the House, meaning that Greene’s vote could be crucial to whether appropriations bills pass the chamber, failing which the government will shut down. Many contain provisions attacked by Democrats as partisan and divergent from their values, making it unlikely they will pass the Senate.
“Lastly, my line in the sand has always been that I will not vote to fund a war in Ukraine. We have to have peace.” Greene has been a vociferous critic of U.S. military aid to Ukraine, which totals $113 billion.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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