When they say, "It is not our job to impeach the President."

  1. Most City Council members take an oath of office promising to "protect and defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. They don't take an oath to fix potholes. If the Constitution is in danger then their primary duty is to defend it. If it is safe, and they have time on their hands, then they can fix potholes. (You might be able to state this more diplomatically.)
  2. Cities and towns routinely send petitions to Congress for all kinds of requests. This is allowed under Clause 3, Rule XII, Section 819, of the Rules of the House of Representatives. This clause is routinely used to accept petitions from cities, and memorials from states, all across America. As an example, here is a page from the Congressional Record showing petitions and memorials laid on the Clerk's desk on March 6th, 2006.

When they say, "This is not a local issue. "

  1. If a federal action has a significant negative impact on a city, then it is appropriate for the city to defend itself.

When they say, "Impeachment will take time away from other legislation."

  1. The impeachment of Clinton only took four months, two in the House and two in the Senate.
  2. Not every Congressperson has to be involved with impeachment the whole time. Most of the investigations and even the trial can take place in small committees.
  3. There is no issue more important than protecting the Constitution. Our system of government does not work when the Constitution is undermined. "Defending the Constitution" is required by the Congressional Oath of Office.