Despite the efforts of Congressman Cline and other Republicans, the House of Representatives rejected a motion to censure Congressman Adam Schiff for his role in leading the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
As Amber Phillips of The Washington Post explains:
[T]he move is emblematic of Republicans’ broader problem: They don’t have much to work with to defend Trump from allegations that he used foreign policy to benefit himself politically. So they’re trying to get mileage out of a perceived blunder by the person designated as a boogeyman on the other side. That’s the reason Republicans are pushing to censure Schiff.
Despite his opposition to impeachment, Cline has yet to address the overwhelming evidence that Trump tried to get the government of Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political opponent Joe Biden. Cline is more comfortable denouncing what he perceives as the unfairness of the process– anything to avoid dealing with the President’s egregious abuse of power.
Congressman Cline has announced plans to hold a town hall meeting on Friday October 25 in Roanoke County from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Vinton Senior Center, 820 East Washington Avenue, Vinton, Virginia.
Ninth District Congressman Morgan Griffith will also participate. Roanoke County is split between Cline’s and Griffith’s districts.
According to the announcement:
Citizens of Roanoke County will be given priority regarding comments during the town hall.
Constituents may register for the town hall here.
Perhaps some of our Roanoke County readers can take the opportunity to ask Cline about some of the things he has said and done, as chronicled here and elsewhere, since he was sworn in as our representative in Washington.
During the first six months of 2019, Congressman Cline’s campaign committee reported raising $215,352.50.
Now the reporting is in for the first nine months of the year. Cline’s receipts for that period total $302,528.31, which means he took in another $87,175.81 between July and September.
Some noteworthy donations to Cline’s 2020 campaign during the third quarter:
–Walt Disney Productions PAC: $1,500
–Dominion Energy PAC: $2,500
–The Hershey Company PAC: $500
–Citigroup PAC: $1,000
–Bank of America PAC: $500
During the same period, Cline paid $21,836.01 to Republican fundraising consultant Laura Kilgore McMenamin of Alexandria.
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Despite the closure (due to Trump’s trade war) of the Northwest Hardwoods sawmill in Buena Vista at the cost of 30 jobs, Congressman Ben Cline said “he credits President Donald Trump’s efforts to challenge China for what he calls bad trade agreements that have hurt American industries.”
How many American jobs are you prepared to sacrifice in order to support Trump’s “challenge,” Congressman?
Congressman Cline will be attending a Republican meeting in Amherst at the time.
Replying to my recent message— asking Congressman Cline when he would start putting country above party and above his fear of being “primaried,” and stop overlooking Trump’s wild behavior and flagrant abuse of power– he has sent me the following unresponsive form letter.
October 4, 2019
Dear Mr. Zitver,
Thank you for contacting my office to express your opinion on the potential impeachment of President Trump. I appreciate hearing from you on this matter.
The potential impeachment of a President is a serious matter and must not be taken lightly, nor should it be used as a partisan political tool. Unfortunately, as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I have witnessed Democrats on the committee repeatedly trying for months to find evidence to support a case for impeaching the President.
While there have been several resolutions introduced to authorize the initiation of formal impeachment proceedings, none has garnered enough support in the U.S. House to move forward. In fact, in a procedural vote that would have allowed impeachment to proceed, Congress voted 332-95 against the measure. Additionally, to appease certain elements within her own Democrat Caucus, Speaker Pelosi has now moved forward with an “impeachment inquiry” against the duly elected President without a vote of the full House. In every other impeachment effort, the decision to proceed was made by a majority of Members of Congress through a vote of the full House of Representatives.
In the meantime, our seniors are paying too much for their prescription drugs, our farmers need access to more markets, our immigration policies need reform, and our borders need securing. Unfortunately, all these issues will now potentially be sidetracked due to this partisan rush to impeach.
It is an honor to represent you and all of Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance. To receive the latest updates from my office, I encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter at cline.house.gov or like my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Member of Congress
The procedural vote on impeachment to which Cline refers occurred two months before the latest revelations on President Trump’s efforts to pressure the president of Ukraine to dig up dirt on a domestic political opponent.
Trump dismissed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise to work with him on prescription drug prices and a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico as “camouflage for trying to win an election through impeachment.” That suggests an unwillingness by Trump– not Pelosi– to deal seriously on these matters.
As for immigration and border security, Trump thinks the solution lies in sharp spikes, moats filled with alligators and snakes, and shooting people in the legs. Do you agree with this approach, Congressman?
Congressman Cline, you write that it is an honor to represent me. The feeling is not mutual. It is not an honor to be represented by you.