The Republicans in the group proposed nearly 20 amendments to the resolution, all of which failed in a party-line vote. They tried to give their party more say in the impeachment hearings, such as expanding their ability to call witnesses without obtaining Democratic approval from the Intelligence Committee.
In the Democratic resolution, Republicans will only be able to call witnesses if the Democratic president agrees to the request or if the majority of the committee approves it.
During the marking, Republicans made complaints that they were not included in the drafting of the resolution. Top Cole, the top Republican on the Rules Committee, noted that he did not see the resolution until it became publicly available.
"It's a sad day here," the Oklahoma Republican said in his opening statement.
Asked during the break of the mark whether he should cooperate with the Republicans on the resolution to try to find a common ground, Rep. Jim McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat who chairs the rule panel, expressed skepticism.
"Let's be very clear on one thing," he said. "Their only mission is to go around the wagons around Donald Trump. They are not interested in the truth."
He also defended the Democrats' approach to the investigation.
"It's an open, transparent process and I'm proud of what we've done so far," McGovern said. "I think we have been treated with dignity and respect for this institution, and I think it will stand the test of time in history."
As Democrats have been holding behind-the-scenes deposits in the last few weeks, Republicans are urging them to hold public hearings and publish transcripts of witness interviews. GOP members, who are not on any of the three deposit-holding committees, also protest their inability to participate in the proceedings personally or view witness information.
Democrats state that Republicans who are on the committees holding the deposits had equal power to attend and ask questions of witnesses. Democrats also say the secret process has so far aimed at preventing witnesses from forming their testimony based on what they see other officials say to the jury.
During a markup on Wednesday, the House Rules Committee also proposes amendments to strengthen the White House in order to allow Trump and his council to participate in ongoing House investigations beyond the Democratic outline resolution.
The Republic of Texas Michael Burgess has demanded an amendment to remove the reference to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Financial Services Committee. in the resolution, arguing that they are only included because the committees search for Trump's tax returns and examine his business deals. "This is nothing more than a fishing expedition," Burgess said.
"Some call it a fishing expedition," McGovern replied. "Others call it congressional oversight."
Burgess called for another amendment that would require financial services committees and ways and means to submit documents outlining the nature and scope of their investigations against Trump.
Cole amended to allow all members of the Intelligence Committee ̵
In this resolution, only the chairman, the member of the rank and the staff of the committee could question witnesses during this time, which would be divided equally between each party. After the 90-minute interrogation period, members will be able to weigh and question witnesses under conventional hearing rules.
Before the vote, Republicans reiterated their argument that the resolution was too small, too late.
"has not yet been created as a fair process in my mind," said the retired rap. Greg Walden, Oregon Republican. "This is still a process where Democrats are calling for all the shots.
" What they have achieved here is to make tomorrow's vote for or against impeachment in the minds of the American people, "he said.
Fred Upton, a Republican who said he sees legitimate issues in Trump's interaction with Ukraine, told CNN that he would vote against a Democratic resolution establishing impeachment investigation procedures.
"I suspect there will be no Republicans, who vote for the resolution tomorrow, he added.
"My suspicion is that we will end with the guerrilla impeachment vote," he said at the end of the mark. "Tomorrow we will have a vote on the guerrilla process. Here's a guerrilla impeachment probably later this year. I hope not, but that's just my guess impatiently – and it will set off something very similar in the United States Senate. "