WA STATE RESOLUTION CALLING FOR BUSH'S IMPEACHMENT ADVANCES
January 21, 2008
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A state Senate resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney was approved by a committee Monday, taking the measure one step further than it went last year.
The resolution by Sen. Eric Oemig, D-Kirkland, had little support from lawmakers last year, never getting to the Senate floor for a vote. But on Monday, it was approved by the five majority Democrats on the Senate's Government Operations and Elections Committee.
Passing committee is a key hurdle, but does not guarantee that the measure will get a vote on the Senate floor. Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, has said she doubts the measure will get any time on the Senate floor this year.
More than 80 people attended a testy hearing last week about the resolution, which included a heated exchange between a Republican senator and members of the audience.
During the hearing, Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, accused Oemig of using the resolution for "campaign purposes." That sparked yelling and boos from the audience, to which Roach responded by displaying a picture of her son, who serves in the military.
Roach voted against the resolution Monday.
A small number of towns and cities across the country have passed similar resolutions, but no state Legislature in the country has passed a measure calling for Bush's impeachment.
[From Linda Boyd, director of Washington For Impeachment]
Great news! SJM 8016 has passed out of the WA State Senate Gov't and Op's Committee! All five Democrats on the committee vote yes. Now Senator Oemig's bill to impeach Bush and Cheney will head over to the Senate Rules Committee.
Thank you Chair Fairley, Senator Oemig, Sen. Kline, Sen. Pridemore and Sen. McDermott!
Washington State says "Impeach them!"
Washington For Impeachment