Can Holder avoid a contempt citation?
By BENNY MARTINEZ
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON - House Democrats are looking to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to step up and talk directly with Attorney General Eric Holder ahead of a scheduled contempt vote Thursday.
The Oversight Commitee’s ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) called on Boehner to intervene and give Congress more time to debate the unprecedented contempt vote.
“I just think this has gone too far,” Cummings said. “I am hoping the Mr. Boehner will step in and talk directly to the Attorney General… It seems as if he has delegated most of the floor authority to Mr. Issa and we would hope that [Boehner] would do that.”
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) blasted GOP leaders for rushing the vote and choosing to pursue a “confrontation over consensus” agenda. Hoyer cited Congressional Research Service statistics that showed the House, on average, allows a period of 95 days between committee and floor votes. GOP leaders plan to vote on Holder’s contempt citation Thursday, just nine days after the House Oversight Committee made the recommendation.
“In less than nine days, this Republican-led House rushes to judgement, creates confrontation and distracts the Congress of the United States from dealing with the most important challenge confronting it and that’s creating jobs for our people,” Hoyer told reporters at his weekly press briefing.
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