Democrats’ impeachment obsession is costing my home state and yours

November 26, 2019
In The News

Democrats in Congress have become so obsessed with impeaching President Trump and overturning the results of the 2016 election that they have left the American people behind.

Rather than work on issues that will benefit all Americans, such as lowering prescription drug costs and passing a fair trade deal with Canada and Mexico, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff are leading their conference down a never-ending rabbit hole of hearsay and conjecture.

Unfortunately for hardworking Americans, Democrats in Washington have become so blinded by their disdain for Trump that they cannot see that their narrative is no longer able to stand on its own.

Democrats began this sham impeachment trying to describe their allegations against the president as a quid pro quo. Then the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee polled Democrats’ impeachment messaging and realized it was failing.

According to their polling results, “bribery” resonated better with voters. So, the Democrats changed their charge from “quid pro quo” to “bribery.”

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Regardless of the baseless political attacks, no individual who has testified before Congress has definitively tied Trump to a quid pro quo, bribery, or extortion as it relates to U.S. military aid — the very heart of the Democrats’ impeachment narrative.

Just recently, Tim Morrison, National Security Council senior director for Eurasia Affairs, and Ambassador Kurt Volker — both of whom had first-hand knowledge of the events in question — testified that they witnessed no bribery, no quid pro quos, and no illegal actions by Trump.

Then, U.S. Ambassador to European Union Gordon Sondland said the following: “I never heard from President Trump that the aid was conditioned on the announcement [of investigations].”

In fact, Sondland told the House Intelligence Committee that Trump told him directly: “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.” Case closed, right?

Unfortunately for the American people, those looking to Congress for real solutions to real problems, the Democrat majority is continuing to waste time engaging in an any-means-necessary impeachment that seeks to pacify the Washington echo chamber.

This partisan impeachment investigation is coming at a tremendous cost to Pennsylvanians and the American people at large.

It has cost the House Intelligence Committee precious time, which would be better spent focusing on real problems, like cybersecurity, defeating terrorists, and keeping America safe.

It costs Pennsylvania’s farmers and workers. There are 42,000 manufacturing jobs and 17,000 agricultural jobs in my home state that rely on passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

It costs seniors at the pharmacy counter. While impeachment is furthering a bitter partisan divide, it has stopped Democrats from working on truly bipartisan prescription drug reform that would lead to more competition, allow less expensive generic drugs to get to market faster, and help researchers develop more cures.

It costs our military. By focusing on impeachment and refusing to work across the aisle, the House Democratic majority is forcing the potential of another full-year continuing resolution into reality. That means things such as the pilot shortage, the munitions shortage, and reduced Navy flying missions will continue.

It costs us at our southern border. While Democrats remain focused on impeachment, they are not working toward bipartisan immigration reform that would stop the security and humanitarian crisis there.

Congress has a responsibility to work for the benefit of the American people. Ever since Pelosi announced the start of the so-called “impeachment inquiry,” Democrats have been focused on nothing but the made-for-TV impeachment spectacle put on by Schiff.

The American people expect more, and their elected representatives in Congress should be doing more.

With less than a year before the next presidential election, we have the chance to put this impeachment charade behind us, get back to work on real issues, and let the American people decide the effect of any or all of the president’s actions at the ballot box.

Instead, House Democrats have chosen to seek to invalidate the will of the people by not just continuing down the impeachment rabbit hole, but also by leaving substantive, bipartisan legislation on the table.

Congressman Fred Keller, a Republican, represents Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District.