(CNN) - South Carolina lawmakers voted down a resolution Wednesday to impeach Mark Sanford, voting instead to formally rebuke the embattled governor for taking a secret trip to Argentina to see his mistress, and for the misuse of state airplanes.
The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a resolution to rebuke Sanford, saying the governor actions brought "ridicule, disgrace and shame" to South Carolina.
The panel agreed with a move last week by a special House subcommittee that called Sanford's behavior "reprehensible," "arrogant" and "indefensible" - but concluded that the Republican governor's actions did not rise to the constitutional level of impeachment.
The rebuke passed Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee moves to the full House and Senate, where no action is expected until next year.
"I'd like to thank the Committee for its work and deliberative approach today and throughout the process," Sanford said in a statement following the vote," adding he obviously agrees "with the Committee's reasonable decision to reject impeachment."
Sanford has been under intense scrutiny since June, when he left the country for five days to visit his Argentine mistress without informing his staff or the lieutenant governor of his whereabouts.
The two-term governor, who was once considered a rising star in the GOP, is prevented by law from running for re-election next year. Sanford has just over a year left in his final term in office. His wife Jenny filed for divorce last week, citing adultery.
–CNN's Peter Hamby and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
Ok now I'm totally confused!
What else do you expect from men?
I am in NO WAY defending Bill Clinton, but it seems to me the Republicans were all for impeaching him. Yet, here they are not for impeaching Sanford. Double standard??
Are you surprised people? Punitive law doesn't apply to the rich and powerful; it applies only to the common folks, especially in a Dixie state like South Carolina.
Wow, he could lay down his governorship and get an MTV reality show with Tiger for millions. It could be called "The Gov and the Club play 18-holes" and they could solicit a bunch of the tattooed hotties with fifth grade educations to get drunk alot and vie for their man love....winner take all!
Point being, they are dumbing down our population so they may control you, the reality TV shows are merely a window of where our society is heading.
Oh come on Democrats...You love it when your guys cheat on their wives. Finally a Republican you libs can support.
I bet his girl was hotter than Monica
How much do you want to bet that each one of these South Carolina lawmakers advocated for President Clinton's impeachment? Republican's prove each and every day that they are hypocrites. Lieberman will feel quite at home with them.
what spineless, scantimonious cowards live in the south carolina legislature? had this guy been a democrat he would have been ousted faster than you can say "C Street house"
i guess its up to the CITIZENS to take out the trash next election.