Statement from Congressman Pappas on Voting for Articles of Impeachment

December 18, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) released the following statement after voting on the Articles of Impeachment:

“Today, guided by facts, the Constitution, and my conscience, I cast two votes to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and uphold our system of checks and balances. This is a solemn and serious day for our country that the President of the United States has brought this upon us. I cannot and will not stand idly by when a President compromises the rule of law and our national security for his own personal political benefit. To do so would be to violate my oath of office I swore before my colleagues and the residents of New Hampshire.

The President has abused the powers of the highest office in the land and obstructed Congress when it sought to put facts on the table for the American people and hold him accountable. Our nation’s founders created a government with shared powers and co-equal branches of government. They gave us the presidency—not a monarchy. They created a system where no one is above the law, even the President of the United States. It is clear that Constitutional lines have been crossed, and to vote against these articles would dishonor the wisdom of our founders and undermine the institutions of our democracy.

The people of New Hampshire sent me to Congress to change how Washington works and to make a difference in the lives of families across the district that I’ve called home my entire life.  And I will continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to lower the cost of prescription drugs, rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, protect our drinking water, and ensure that veterans get the care and services they have earned. We have more work to do, and I committed to bringing people together around solutions.”