by Mayzie Purviance
Since the 2016 election, it seems many people have called and continue to call for the head of President Donald J. Trump. On September 24, 2019, impeachment of the president officially began, leaving the fate of the United States in the hands of opposing political officials.
Impeachment, however, does not mean President Trump will be removed from office. The House of Representatives has the power to impeach the President while the Senate holds the cards in the case of removing the President from office. With 233 democrats, 197 republicans and one independent in the House, impeachment is a possibility. However, Senate seats are divided into 45 democrats, 53 republicans and two independents.
According to the History of the House of Representatives, “The Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power to impeach an official, and it makes the Senate the sole court for impeachment trials. The power of impeachment is limited to removal from office but also provides for a removed officer to be disqualified from holding future office. Fines and potential jail time for crimes committed while in office are left to civil courts.”
A few more interesting facts about the Trump Impeachment Hearings include the order of succession and the 2020 Presidential election.
Vice President Mike Pence is next in line to take the Oval if President Trump is removed from office, however, if Congress sees Pence to be unfit for the job (i.e. also worthy of impeachment and removal from office based on the same grounds in which Trump would be impeached/removed) then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, would assume the Office of the President. Pelosi is currently the only democrat in the line of succession.
Even if the House impeaches President Trump, the Senate determines if he not only is forced to leave the White House but can run in the 2020 Presidential election. So, even if impeached, Trump could still be re-elected as President of the United States in 2020 if the Senate allows him to and the American people vote him in.
Regardless of the opinion on Trump’s impeachment, removal from office and 2020 voting decisions, one topic of discussion floats to the top of agriculturists’ minds: What about the trade deals?
According to the American Ag Network, “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appears doubtful that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement will be passed this year. After she met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal last week, there was no deal and not much time left on the legislative clock.”
The trade deal with China is also on hold for now and will most likely not be signed before December 1.
Essentially, the impeachment hearings have successfully slowed down many agricultural aspects of Trump’s presidential legacy and, in correlation, affected over one-eighth of the U.S. population.
According to 2017 data reported by the USDA’s Economic Research Service, 13 percent of household budgets are reliant on agriculture.
Fast Fact Recap:
- Impeachment hearings impacted and continue to impact agricultural trade.
- Even if the House does, in fact, impeach President Trump, the removal of office is unlikely because the Republican party holds the majority of Senate seats.
- Donald J.Trump could still win the 2020 election if the American people want him to.
In short, these impeachment hearings will only postpone and pro-long potential agricultural economic growth.