WASHINGTON – The three members of Congress representing the Capital Region have released statements explaining their positions on the impeachment resolution that passed the House of Representatives in a 232-197 vote, with 10 Republicans joining all the chamber’s Democrats in supporting impeachment.
Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam
“Today, my colleagues and I came together from across the partisan divide to stand on the side of truth and safeguard the founding principals of our democracy: we voted to impeach President Trump,” said Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam.
“He spent years using his bully pulpit to normalize violence and spread lies and conspiracy, all of which fed into his efforts to undermine the 2020 election and drove a mob to assault the Capitol last week in a siege that left six Americans dead — and dozens injured, some of them permanently,” he continued.
“If inciting deadly violence against a co-equal branch of government in the citadel of our democracy isn’t a removable offense, then nothing is,” Tonko concluded.’
Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck
Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, was a sponsor of the impeachment resolution, and also noted that it had bipartisan support.
“With this vote, the House both affirmed and united around our nation’s democratic principles — peaceful transition of power, equality under the law, one person, one vote. I’m calling on the Senate to follow our bipartisan example in the House and to act swiftly in order to defend our democracy from ongoing threats.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Saratoga
As expected, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Saratoga, voted against impeaching the president she has frequently defended.
“I am vehemently opposed to the snap impeachment of President Trump. It is a partisan ploy with no basis in the Constitution,” she said. “The Democrats’ decision to impeach the President with one week remaining in his term further fuels the divisions in the country during this very trying time. As Members of the United States Congress, we should focus on unifying our country by delivering solutions to the American people.”