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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:38 PM

Black Lawmakers Plan Walkout During Holder Contempt Vote

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The Congressional Black Caucus is planning to walk out of tomorrow’s contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder, Politico’s Jonathan Allen reports
http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/06/black-lawmakers-plan-walkout-during-contempt-vote-127484.html

“We call upon all members of Congress to stand with us during a press conference on the Capitol Building steps during this appalling series of votes to discuss our nation’s most significant priority – creating jobs,” members of the CBC write in the letter Politico obtained. “At this critically important time in our nation, we must work as colleagues rather than political enemies.”

Civil rights leaders said yesterday that the contempt proceedings against Holder (over documents related to the botched ATF operation known as Fast and Furious) was actually about stopping Holder from enforcing civil rights laws.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/black-lawmakers-plan-walkout-during-holder-contempt-vote

Black lawmakers plan walkout during contempt vote
http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/06/black-lawmakers-plan-walkout-during-contempt-vote-127484.html

Black Lawmakers Plot 'Walkout Strategy' During Holder Contempt Vote
http://influencealley.nationaljournal.com/2012/06/black-lawmakers-plot-walkout-s.php

The Congressional Black Caucus has called a members-only "emergency" meeting on Thursday to plot a "walkout strategy" ahead of the scheduled contempt vote of Attorney General Eric Holder later in the day.

The plans, detailed in an email from the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus obtained by the Alley, include circulating a letter disapproving of the vote and having lawmakers walk out of the Capitol to hold a press conference during the roll call.

The letter, a draft of which is being circulated for signatures, accuses the GOP leadership of "rushing recklessly to a contempt vote." The letter is being circulated among the Black, Hispanic, Asian and Progressive caucuses, among other.

"We cannot and will not participate in a vote to hold the Attorney General in contempt," says the letter, in which the signers urge that "all members of Congress to stand with us during a press conference on the Capitol Building steps during this appalling series of votes to discuss our nation's most significant priority--creating jobs."

Black caucus to stage walkout during Holder contempt vote in House
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/235229-black-caucus-to-stage-walkout-during-holder-contempt-vote-in-house

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The CBC is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday to discuss the details of the walkout and is planning to circulate a letter to House Democrats requesting that they join them on the Capitol steps for a press conference during the contempt vote.

The move comes less than 24 hours before the House plans to vote for the first time in history to hold a sitting attorney general in contempt of Congress for not complying with a congressional subpoena. Holder is the first black attorney general in U.S. history.

The walkout is reminiscent of a similar move made by Republicans in 2008 during a Democratic-led vote on whether to hold two senior staffers in President George W. Bush’s administration in contempt of Congress.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — then the minority leader — led the walkout with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) following closely behind him. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is the sponsor of the contempt resolution against Holder.

CNN: Congressional Black Caucus plans walk out of Holder contempt vote
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/27/congressional-black-caucus-plans-walk-out-of-holder-contempt-vote/

A senior Democratic aide told CNN that in addition to the Black Caucus, which includes over 40 members, the Hispanic Caucus, the Asian-Pacific American Caucus, and the Progressive Caucus may also participate. It's unclear whether any Democratic leaders will join in the boycott

The number three House Democrat, Rep. Jim Clyburn, is a member of the Black Caucus. The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is expected to lead floor debate against holding Holder in contempt, is also a senior member of the CBC. There was no word Wednesday whether Cummings would participate.

Democrats preparing to boycott the contempt vote plan to stage a news conference on the Capitol steps - as the House is voting - to call on House Republican leaders to focus on creating jobs.

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Reply Black Lawmakers Plan Walkout During Holder Contempt Vote (Original post)
cal04 Jun 2012 OP
Cali_Democrat Jun 2012 #1
valerief Jun 2012 #29
Chorophyll Jun 2012 #32
spanone Jun 2012 #2
AtomicKitten Jun 2012 #3
coalition_unwilling Jun 2012 #7
SemperEadem Jun 2012 #9
1StrongBlackMan Jun 2012 #17
BumRushDaShow Jun 2012 #4
freshwest Jun 2012 #5
coalition_unwilling Jun 2012 #6
sabrina 1 Jun 2012 #8
ananda Jun 2012 #10
benld74 Jun 2012 #11
McCamy Taylor Jun 2012 #12
malaise Jun 2012 #13
McCamy Taylor Jun 2012 #14
Scurrilous Jun 2012 #15
clang1 Jun 2012 #16
FiveGoodMen Jun 2012 #18
Puzzledtraveller Jun 2012 #20
bupkus Jun 2012 #26
patrice Jun 2012 #19
Puzzledtraveller Jun 2012 #21
patrice Jun 2012 #25
bupkus Jun 2012 #27
patrice Jun 2012 #30
bupkus Jun 2012 #31
radarluv Jun 2012 #22
BumRushDaShow Jun 2012 #23
TomClash Jun 2012 #24
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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:39 PM

1. All Dems should follow their example and flip Boner the bird. n/t

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:54 PM

29. +1

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 08:09 AM

32. +100

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:40 PM

2. every single damn democrat should walk out.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:43 PM

3. That's the way to handle this horseshit. Solidarity!

Well, except for the some 30 Democrats, according to Tweety, that plan to vote with the wingnuts on the contempt charge against Holder. The NRA apparently has thrown down a marker on this vote and the timid, feckless, Douche Democrats are pissing their pants and falling in line with Issa. Ugh.

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Response to AtomicKitten (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:47 PM

7. When do we get to call those 30 Dems 'scabs'? - n/t

 

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Response to AtomicKitten (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:58 PM

9. between the nra and grover norquist

it makes me wonder exactly what did these assholes vow to uphold and to whom did they pledge their fidelity in executing their offices?

It's damn near Praemunire, and too bad that isn't a punishable offense under American law against the supremacy of the constitution.
(The offense under English law of appealing to or obeying a foreign court or authority, thus challenging the supremacy of the Crown.)

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Response to AtomicKitten (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:42 PM

17. There should be a quiet call out ...

to those 30 from the DNC and, possibly someone at the Whitehouse saying, "Okay, tell you what ... vote with the Democratic Caucus on this (and everything else) and we will match the NRA spending to support you; but vote against the Democratic Caucus on this and we will do everything we can to show you the door."

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:44 PM

4. Good.

In fact the whole Progressive Caucus should leave.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:46 PM

5. +1,000





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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:46 PM

6. Email I just sent my representative (Karen Bass in the 33rd):

 

Dear Rep. Bass:


I know that re-districting means you will no longer be my representative come November. Fortunately, my new rep will probably be Maxine Waters (Whew!).


At any rate, I am writing to encourage you to join the Congressional Black Caucus' planned walkout of the House during tomorrow's contempt proceedings against Attorney General Holder. While I had and have many policy differences with Mr. Holder, the Republicans' attempts to smear him by citing him for contempt are a gross mis-use of its powers of as granted by the U.S. Constitution.


I eagerly await your reply.


Sincerely,

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:49 PM

8. That's a good email, CU.

Already there are Dems saying they will vote with Republicans, and this is how they win every time.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:18 PM

10. Why can't all Dems stand their ground and walk out like that?

So sad.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:19 PM

11. Walk out-Line the Steps-Face Away from the House-Drop Trouw-MOON the bastards!!!!!!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:23 PM

12. Every democrat needs to come out and take a stand for more jobs and a legal vote count.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:24 PM

13. Every Democratic Party member should walk out n/t

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:26 PM

14. So, is this vote meant to take away the negative press about the SCOTUS health care decision

tomorrow? Is it meant to force Obama to address the bogus charges against Holder so that he can not confront the SCOTUS. Too bad. He can do both.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:27 PM

15. K & R

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:30 PM

16. They ALL need to WALK OUT. Every Democract NEEDS to,

 

ANY of them, Republican or Democrat, that still believes in Democracy and Freedom needs to walk out. Refuse to participate in the CHARADE. THIS IS ABOUT PATRIOTISM. THOSE THAT WOULD DO THIS ARE PATRIOTS.

It is simple.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:46 PM

18. Doesn't seem right that this issue should be divided along racial lines.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #18)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:05 PM

20. Exactly, we don't need this right now.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:01 PM

19. Looking forward to their statements to the press!!! Hope they push the envelope! We need STRENGTH!

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Response to patrice (Reply #19)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:06 PM

21. Strength for what?

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #21)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:20 PM

25. I guess you can come up with your own answers to that question, which would be more valid for you.

Have a nice day.

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Response to bupkus (Reply #27)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:06 PM

30. Thanks, I'm just too tired to deal with the whatever tonight. nt

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:09 PM

22. He don't act like it...

but I wonder if Allen West is a member and what his plans are.

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Response to radarluv (Reply #22)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:11 PM

23. Alan West belongs in a prison mental hospital. n/t

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:16 PM

24. I agree nt

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:41 PM

28. Biggest possible K and R.

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