House sends Bush impeachment bill to panel

June 11, 2008 at 7:59 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. House kicked an attempt to impeach President George Bush into legislative limbo Wednesday when members sent it to a committee.

The House voted 251-166 to ship the impeachment resolution introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, to the Judiciary Committee, which allows the Democratic leadership to ignore the measure indefinitely, CNN reported.

However, Kucinich said his bill will be back in 30 days if the Judiciary Committee doesn't act on it, The Hill reported.

"This one's coming back from the dead in 30 days," Kucinich said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said she would not support measures calling for Bush's impeachment during the session.

Kucinich introduced his bill Monday. Most of the resolution concerned Iraq, accusing Bush of manufacturing his case for war, violating U.S. and international law to invade Iraq, not providing troops with proper equipment and falsifying casualty reports. He also touched on global warming, voting rights, Medicare and failure to comply with congressional subpoenas.

The vote was largely along partisan lines, with 225 Democrats -- including Kucinich -- voting to ship the measure to committee, CNN reported.

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