GOP lawmaker offers resolution to censure Pelosi for holding articles of impeachment

Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneGOP lawmaker offers resolution to censure Pelosi for holding articles of impeachment GOP rep releases campaign ad ripping Kaepernick, 'The Squad' GOP rep rails against Democrats for rejecting Republican impeachment amendment MORE (R-Ala.) introduced a resolution on Thursday to censure Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Justices won't fast-track ObamaCare case before election | New virus spreads from China to US | Collins challenger picks up Planned Parenthood endorsement Why Senate Republicans should eagerly call witnesses to testify Trump health chief: 'Not a need' for ObamaCare replacement plan right now MORE (D-Calif.) for not sending the two articles of impeachment that passed the House in December to the Senate.

“Speaker Pelosi’s decision to hold the articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE in a pathetic and unconstitutional attempt to extract concessions from the Senate is an unprecedented abuse of power,” Byrne said in a statement.  

Pelosi has withheld the articles and demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump admin releases trove of documents on Ukrainian military aid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions What to watch for on Day 2 of Senate impeachment trial MORE (R-Ky.) negotiate terms of a Senate trial. Democrats want to be able to call witnesses at the trial. McConnell has said the Senate could vote on hearing from witnesses, but only after the articles of impeachment are sent to the Senate from the House, and after a trial begins.

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The Speaker on Thursday said she would not be holding the articles indefinitely and that she would probably send them soon, while expressing frustration with McConnell for not agreeing to witnesses.

“The Constitution grants the House the power to censure its members, the most serious rebuke the House can give a member short of expulsion," he said. "An adopted censure resolution would require the offending member to stand in the well of the House and have the resolution read aloud. The last censure resolution adopted by the House occurred in 2010.” 

The censure formally condemning Pelosi is not expected to see movement in the Democratic-controlled lower chamber.