Democratic leaders have previously warned party members against enacting articles of impeachment against Trump, arguing that such a move would be premature given the ongoing investigations into the former NY businessman's election campaign and administration.
"Brought shame and dishonor to the office of president of the United States".
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) implored Green and others in the party to shelve the idea.
Rep. Al Green (R-Tex.) came to the House floor at 12:13 p.m. Wednesday to offer articles of impeachment under special House rules requiring a floor vote; he returned to the floor at 1:34 to force that vote.
The House has to approve the articles of impeachment by a simple majority before they would move on to the Senate.
Green has discussed impeaching Trump since the spring and previously filed impeachment articles in October, almost forcing a vote at that time before House Democratic leaders persuaded him to temporarily abandon the effort.
House GOP leaders are expected to reject the measure, but Green can still force a procedural vote that will effectively serve as the first vote in Congress on impeaching Trump.
The resolution offered by Green states that Trump has sown discord among the people of the US based on national origin and race. The leaders said Congressional inquiries and Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation should be allowed to continue. Earlier in November, she told CNN that "it's not someplace that I think we should go", when asked about impeachment proceedings.
Green's resolution is expected to fail, given widespread opposition among Republicans and most Democrats.
"Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment", they wrote in a statement. The resolution cites the comments made after the white nationalist marches in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, after which Trump said the marchers on both sides were "very fine people".
Green argued that Trump should be impeached for his rhetoric against certain racial and ethnic groups, including Latinos, Muslims and blacks.