The House voted Tuesday to call on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and deem President Trump unfit for office.
The vote happened as tensions escalated between Democrats and Republicans in the days following an unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol largely blamed on Trump and GOP lawmakers who backed his claim the election was stolen from him.
While the measure passed, it is non-binding and serves as the opening act in the Democratic effort this week to remove Trump from office before his term expires on January 20.
The House Wednesday will debate and pass an article of impeachment that charges Trump with inciting an insurrection, a reference to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump protesters that left five people dead, dozens injured and the Capitol damaged.
“The president instigated this,” Rep. Tom Souzzi, a New York Democrat, said on the House floor, feet away from a glass door