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Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, right, speaks to visitors during a break from testimony at a House hearing on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at the U.S. Capitol. Green has introduced a resolution in the House to impeach President Donald Trump.

The U.S. House voted 322-95 on Wednesday not to move forward with a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. However, two members of Colorado's congressional delegation voted against the motion to shelve the impeachment push.

The resolution -- H. Res. 498 -- was offered by Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas. It states in part that President Trump is "unfit to be president, unfit to represent the American values of decency and morality, respectability and civility, honesty, and propriety, reputability and integrity.

It said the president "is unfit to defend the ideals that have made America great, unfit to defend liberty and justice for all as extolled in the pledge of allegiance and unfit to defend the American ideal of all persons being created equal" as noted in the Declaration of Independence.

The resolution called for Trump to be impeached for "high misdemeanors" and because he has brought disgrace to the office of the president.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California asked that the motion be tabled, and the House voted 322-95 to do so.

However, Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette of Denver and Joe Neguse of Boulder were among the 95 to vote against tabling the resolution. Both have previously come out in favor of beginning an impeachment inquiry.

The rest of Colorado's House delegation voted with the majority.

DeGette said in a statement after the vote that the time has come to start an impeachment inquiry against the president. 

“At some point, you have to say: enough is enough. Whether it’s the facts laid out in the Mueller report, his recent racist remarks, his refusal to work with Congress, his tearing families apart, his attempts to rig our elections or the fear he’s instilling in immigrant families across the country, the American people deserve better," DeGette said. "It’s beyond time to launch an impeachment inquiry and this bill should have been referred to the Judiciary committee for consideration.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was among those who voted to block the impeachment move.

Trump made note of the vote, tweeting that "this is perhaps the most ridiculous and time consuming project I have ever had to work on. Impeachment of your President, who has led the Greatest Economic BOOM in the history of our Country, the best job numbers, biggest tax reduction, rebuilt military and much more, is now OVER. This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!"

Meanwhile, the House voted Wednesday to hold U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and related to the citizenship question proposed for the 2020 U.S. Census.

That vote was 230-198, with Colorado's seven members split along party lines. However, four Democrats did vote against the contempt resolution, and former Republican (now independent) Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan voted in favor of it.

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