Broken Congress: It can’t fix the border, fund allies or impeach Mayorkas as GOP revolts (Part-1)

Washington — The House did not impeach Mayorkas. Senate border security legislation fell immediately. Foreign funding for Ukraine's war against Russia remains frozen.

US broken. Congress failed spectacularly this week as House and Senate Republicans rebelled in unprecedented ways against their own agenda. Lawmakers will try again next week. “This is the mob rule right now in Congress — and I’m ready for it.... But it’s not a way to govern,” said Indiana Republican Rep. Victoria Spartz.

Just 48 hours showed a remarkable amount of dysfunction in a Congress that had already established new benchmarks for infighting, disruption, and mayhem after Kevin McCarthy's historic victory and removal last year. It underscores how firmly the Republican Party, under Speaker Mike Johnson and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, is by choice or force shifting from a working partner in the U.S.'s two-party system to one anchored in Donald Trump's GOP ideology.

This week's dramatic back-to-back scenes—a Senate Republicans' closed-door yelling fight testing McConnell's power late Monday and Speaker Johnson's glumness over chamber failures Tuesday—created new history.

Politics was once the art of the feasible. “Now it’s the art of the impossible,” stated 2012 presidential contender Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah. Romney stated the present approach is to propose unpassable bills so we can say to our bases, "Look how I'm fighting for you." “We’ve gone sublime to ridiculous

A new generation of hard-right lawmakers allied with Trump is emboldened by the disruption and eager to pursue their emerging agenda despite the GOP's slim House majority, which forces Johnson to work with Democrats on most major issues.

The House may impeach Mayorkas again next week if Republicans can score more votes than Tuesday's deadlock. As Republicans criticize the Biden administration's handling of a record migrant influx at the U.S.-Mexico border, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is determined to impeach Mayorkas.

“Crazy time,” recalled Rep. Hal Rogers, 86, the House's dean and senior most member, who returned to Washington to vote for Mayorkas' impeachment following a car collision. Mayorkas, who faces two articles of impeachment for violating immigration rules and public trust, denied the claims. Mayorkas said at a news conference in Las Vegas, where his department is organizing Super Bowl security, “I’m focused on the work

Republicans lost the impeachment by one vote when three Republican members dissented and one Democrat, Rep. Al Green of Texas, stunned colleagues by voting from his hospital bed after surgery. Many seasoned Congress observers claimed such a miscount would have been uncommon under Nancy Pelosi's laser-focused leadership.