Scalise returning to Washington as another Mayorkas impeachment vote expected

How Mayorkas survived impeachment vote

How Mayorkas survived House impeachment vote 05:38

Washington — House Majority Leader Steve Scalise will return to Washington next week after completing cancer treatment, giving Republicans another vote in their attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Scalise’s office said in a statement Thursday that he “successfully completed his autologous stem cell treatment and has been medically cleared to resume travel.” The Louisiana Republican is in “complete remission,” the statement said. 

His return could give House Republicans enough votes to impeach Mayorkas after an embarrassing defeat Tuesday, when a small group of Republicans helped sink the GOP-led effort. 

All Democrats were in attendance after Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat, was wheeled into the vote wearing hospital scrubs after emergency surgery. Republicans would have had enough votes to overcome the GOP defections had Scalise been present. 

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House Majority Leader Steve Scalise departs the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 14, 2023.  Anna Rose Layden / Getty Images

Republicans indicated another vote would take place on the impeachment articles once Scalise returned to work. 

Scalise announced in August that he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a “very treatable” blood cancer. He said in early January that he had completed chemotherapy and would undergo a stem cell transplant before returning to Washington sometime in February. 

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