Claim: Congress has "officially initiated President Obama's impeachment."
Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2014]
Any truth to this?
While many have speculated over the potential of impeaching Pres. Barack Obama, several members of Congress have finally filed.
A resolution written by Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) claims Obama should be impeached for his defiance against the Constitution. The congressman officially stated the purpose of initiating the impeachment process was to "bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch."
Origins: A number of articles falsely declaring that Congress has started impeachment proceedings against President Obama have circulated widely on the Internet since Barack Obama took office in January 2009, most of them spoofs from well known satirical web publications.
In December 2013, Representative Tom Rice of South Carolina introduced
The STOP (Stop This Overreaching Presidency) resolution, sponsored by
Rice said he's spoken with the House GOP leadership about the resolution — which would be
The resolution has 74 Republican cosponsors, ranging from the more conservative to moderate members. Rice held a press conference to announce it with
Although 104 cosponsors (all of them Republicans) signed onto the STOP resolution, no action has been taken on it by Congress since it was introduced two months ago: it has not been passed, voted upon, or even put up for a vote. It was immediately referred to the Committee on Rules and the Committee on House Administration, and GovTrack's methodology gives it only a 25% chance of ever clearing committee.
Last updated: 13 February 2014