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Providing for Consideration of H. Res. Calling on Vice President Pence to Convene and Mobilize the Cabinet to Activate Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to Declare President Donald J. Trump Incapable of Executing the Duties of His Office; and for Other Purposes

Floor Speech

Date: Jan. 12, 2021
Location: Washington, DC


Ms. MATSUI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the rule providing for consideration of the resolution before us today, calling on the Vice President to invoke the Fifth Amendment and remove President Trump from office immediately.

Last week, members of both parties came to the floor of this Chamber to take the oath of office. In that oath, each of us pledged to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I believe that oath compels me and my colleagues to act today.

Last Wednesday's armed insurrection at the United States Capitol was a coordinated attempt to overthrow our democratic process with violence. Make no mistake, these rioters viewed the President's repeated claims of fraud as a mandate to act. Lies, misinformation, and demagoguery have consequences.

Unfortunately, America witnessed those consequences last week, some on television, some under tables in barricaded offices, some in these Chambers, and some in the last moments of life.

It is not with joy that I immediately called on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. I am cosponsor of both this resolution and the Articles of Impeachment because I believe I have an obligation to honor my oath and defend the Constitution against a grave domestic threat.

On a personal note, I am taking this stand for the future of my grandchildren. Our obligation to them and to future generations is that this democracy stands.

So, it is with sadness but firm resolve that I rise to support this rule and implore my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to join me.