December 18, 2019

Luján: No One Came to Congress to Impeach a President

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) spoke on the House floor to hold President Trump accountable for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:

Video of Luján’s full speech is available here.

Luján’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below:

Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of the measure before us.

No one here came to Congress to impeach a president. 

We came here solve the mighty issues that impact the lives of the constituents we pledged to serve. 

I’m here because too many families in my district still rely on water trucked in from dozens of miles away to live.

I’m here because too many New Mexican children go to school hungry.

I’m here because too many women in New Mexico drive for hours to see a doctor able to care for them. 

But this moment has found us. 

We have reached a point in time where our love of country compels action. Where our duty to this republic mandates that we do what’s right.

The president’s behavior is so blatantly wrong that ignoring his abuses of power would be abdicating the oath we made to protect this country and our constitution.

Thank you, and I yield back the balance of my time. 

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