WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement ahead of this week’s votes in the House of Representatives:

“Like many Americans, I am deeply upset and outraged over the domestic terrorism we witnessed last week in our nation’s Capitol. It is clear that tensions in our country are dangerously high. It is incumbent upon leaders to be focused, first and foremost, on uniting our country and ensuring a smooth transition of power to the Biden administration over the coming days. The sheerly political and divisive actions House Democrats have put on the Floor this week to attempt to remove President Trump from office, just days before his term expires, are contrary to the unity we need and would in fact further fuel the dangerous tensions we are seeing. I will not vote in support of these divisive actions.

“While it is clear we must address all the actions that motivated last week’s anarchists to riot at the Capitol, a rushed impeachment that hasn’t even had a single hearing is clearly not the appropriate or practical way to do so and would set a dangerous precedent.

“For the sake of our nation, the House must get back to working on behalf of all American families who are counting on us to come together. All Members of Congress need to work towards calming down the rhetoric and creating a positive path forward.”