Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, issued a statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 660:
“Today House Democrats upheld their oath to protect and defend the Constitution and passed a resolution outlining the procedures for the impeachment investigation moving forward. This vote, this resolution, and this day will go down in history, and it will be a moment I proudly remember when I look back on my career in Congress.
“This resolution enables the Intelligence Committee to hold public hearings and make testimony and documents public. It also lays out the process for it to transfer its findings and conclusions to the Judiciary Committee, which will then decide whether or not to introduce articles of impeachment against the President. The resolution also lays out the broad due process rights of the President and allows him and his counsel to participate in future hearings. The evidence against the President is staggering, and this resolution assures that the American people hear firsthand the extent of his abuse of power.
“This morning when I cast my vote in support of the impeachment inquiry, I thought about what my dear friend, the late Elijah Cummings said: ‘When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked, ‘In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact?’’ I voted yes for my late friend, and for my children and grandchildren. I voted yes to protect my country and its constitution for generations to come. No person is above the law, not even the President.”