On Wednesday, the United States House of Representatives voted primarily along party lines to send 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush to the House Judiciary Committee. The vote will effectively kill US Representative Dennis Kucinich’s impeachment effort, as the committee likely will not hold hearings on the matter this year. A similar procedure was invoked last year to prevent debate on a measure aimed at impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney. Kucinich has expressed disappointment in the decision, arguing that his articles address war crimes and should not be taken lightly. Even Kucinich’s own party–the Democrats–have been unwilling to consider the measure claiming that they are already holding the Bush administration accountable.
None of Michigan’s republican representatives–including Grand Rapids resident Vern Ehlers–support the measure.