from Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA 6), Facebook, 1/7/21:
Yesterday, the President incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in an effort to undermine the will of the American people. His actions are a threat not only to our Democratic Republic but also to our national security. I believe the President has abdicated his responsibility to safeguard this nation. Today, I am urging the Vice President and members of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment. This is an appropriate way remove the President from office. We must send an urgent missive both to the American people and to the international community: this man is not fit to serve as the leader of country and the free world.
I do not make this grave recommendation lightly. There is such division in this country, and I believe that we must do everything in our power as elected leaders to heal this nation. I am committed to that healing process.
But I am simultaneously bound by the Constitution, something I have sworn to protect and defend as a member of Congress and an officer in the U.S. Air Force. That oath, that commitment to community and country, must be upheld by all leaders in order for this great experiment that is the United States to continue.
Yesterday, despite everything, I have hope. I witnessed my colleagues, Democrats and Republicans, make a conscious choice to abide by our sacred oath when we together stood up for the voters of this country and when we together decried the violent rioting and insurrection that overtook the Capitol.
The Vice President and the members of the Cabinet witnessed the events yesterday just as we here in Congress did. They too have an obligation to this country that cannot go unanswered. I ask that the 25th Amendment be invoked with urgency and expediency – our very democracy depends on that.
Should the administration fail to acknowledge the grave threat this President poses to our citizenry and should they fail remove him from office before he can do more harm, then the Congress must use the remedies that we have and likely again proceed with further Articles of Impeachment.
Finally, I am asking Congressional Leadership that we, the members of Congress, stay at the ready until we have taken appropriate actions. Our nation was pushed to the brink yesterday, and we must remain on call until we have taken all necessary actions to preserve and protect the United States of America.