Issa Statement on Vote Holding Eric Holder in Contempt

June 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm (Attorney General, Contempt, Darrell Issa, Democrat, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, House of Representatives, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his refusal to produce Operation Fast and Furious documents subpoenaed last October.  The vote on H.Res. 711, making a finding of contempt, was approved by a vote of 255 to 67.  Seventeen Democrats crossed party lines to join the majority in the finding of contempt against Attorney General Eric Holder.  The House is also scheduled to vote later today on H.Res. 706, authorizing civil action in courts to compel production of subpoenaed documents.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued this statement following passage:

“Today, a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for his continued refusal to produce relevant documents in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. This was not the outcome I had sought and it could have been avoided had Attorney General Holder actually produced the subpoenaed documents he said he could provide.

“The Congressional inquiry into Operation Fast and Furious, and the cover-up by Justice Department officials of wrongdoing, has been a fair and fact based investigation.  False and partisan allegations by the White House and some congressional Democrats about the Oversight Committee’s efforts were undermined by the votes of 17 Democrats.  These Members resisted the pressure of their own leadership and the Obama Administration to support this investigation on the House floor.

“Claims by the Justice Department that it has fully cooperated with this investigation fall at odds with its conduct:  issuing false denials to Congress when senior officials clearly knew about gunwalking, directing witnesses not to answer entire categories of questions, retaliating against whistleblowers, and producing only 7,600 documents while withholding over 100,000.

“I greatly appreciate the ongoing efforts of Senator Chuck Grassley, his staff, and other Senators on the Judiciary Committee who have pressed the Obama Administration for the full truth.  Senator Grassley began this investigation and has been a full partner throughout it.  I must also recognize the hard work done by many of my colleagues here in the House – without their efforts the Justice Department’s stonewalling would have succeeded.

“My message to my colleagues and others who have fought for answers:  We are still fighting for the truth and accountability – for the family of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, for whistleblowers who have faced retaliation, and for countless victims of Operation Fast and Furious in Mexico.  Unless President Obama relents to this bipartisan call for transparency and an end to the cover-up, our fight will move to the courts where we will prevail in getting the documents that the Justice Department and President Obama’s flawed assertion of executive privilege have denied the American people.”

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Video: RNC Ad Says Obama’s Budget His "Greatest Bipartisan Achievement"

March 30, 2012 at 11:18 am (Budget, Economy, House of Representatives, President Obama, Republican, RNC)

See that?  Republicans can swallow their pride every now and again, to give credit where it’s due…

The Republican National Committee took advantage of Obama’s embarrassing budget plan, which went down in the House yesterday to a 414-0 vote.  It likely will go down as his “greatest bipartisan achievement”.

The video, titled Zero Votes, can be seen below…

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Obama’s Budget Defeated by Razor Thin Margin

March 29, 2012 at 11:00 am (414, Budget, Deficit, Democrats, Economy, House of Representatives, Mick Mulvaney, Paul Ryan, President Obama, Republicans, Taxes)

Just kidding!  The budget, which featured major tax increases while still adding trillions to the deficit, was defeated in the House by a margin of 414-0

From the Washington Times:

President Obama’s budget was defeated 414-0 in the House late Wednesday, in a vote Republicans arranged to try to embarrass him and shelve his plan for the rest of the year.


The vote came as the House worked its way through its own fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, written by Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan. Republicans wrote an amendment that contained Mr. Obama’s budget and offered it on the floor, daring Democrats to back the plan, which calls for major tax increases and yet still adds trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.


“It’s not a charade. It’s not a gimmick — unless what the president sent us is the same,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a freshman Republican from South Carolina who sponsored Mr. Obama’s proposal for purposes of the debate. “I would encourage the Democrats to embrace this landmark Democrat document and support it. Personally, I will be voting against it.”


But no Democrats accepted the challenge.

The budget is actually a gimmick – on the part of the President.  The proposal was submitted in an attempt to placate his left wing base.  He knew it would never be considered as a serious budget proposal, but now he can go back to his Occupy/Union goon base and say, ‘See?  I tried to raise taxes.  I tried to increase spending.  And those DC insiders wouldn’t let me.’

Sad part is, his unthinking liberal followers will buy it even though his Democrat cronies in Washington did not.

414-0.  That’s a rout.

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Happy Anniversary! 1,000 Days Since the U.S. Senate Passed a Budget

January 24, 2012 at 8:50 am (000 Days, 1%, Anniversary, Budget, Congress, Democrats, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, President Obama, Sandy Adams)

Celebrate responsibly…

How very fitting that this is the day Obama has chosen to present his State of the Union address.  An anniversary symbolizing the incompetence of government.

The Heritage Foundation has provided some fantastic information regarding the happenings during the 1,000 days in which the Senate has failed to pass a budget:

As the 1,000th day nears, here are some facts about America’s budget and why the Senate must take action to be stewards of the people’s money as the Constitution requires:

  • The last time the Senate passed a budget was on April 29, 2009.
  • Since that date, the federal government has spent $9.4 trillion, adding $4.1 trillion in debt.
  • As of January 20, the outstanding public debt stands at $15,240,174,635,409.
  • Interest payments on the debt are now more than $200 billion per year.
  • President Obama proposed a FY2012 budget last year, and the Senate voted it down 97–0. (And that budget was no prize—according to the Congressional Budget Office, that proposal never had an annual deficit of less than $748 billion, would double the national debt in 10 years and would see annual interest payments approach $1 trillion per year.)
  • The Senate rejected House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget by 57–40 in May 2011, with no Democrats voting for it.
  • In FY2011, Washington spent $3.6 trillion. Compare that to the last time the budget was balanced in 2001, when Washington spent $1.8 trillion ($2.1 trillion when you adjust for inflation).
  • Entitlement spending will more than double by 2050. That includes spending on Medicare, Medicaid and the Obamacare subsidy program, and Social Security. Total spending on federal health care programs will triple.
  • By 2050, the national debt is set to hit 344 percent of Gross Domestic Product.
  • Taxes paid per household have risen dramatically, hitting $18,400 in 2010 (compared with $11,295 in 1965). If the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire and more middle-class Americans are required to pay the alternative minimum tax (AMT), taxes will reach unprecedented levels.
  • Federal spending per household is skyrocketing. Since 1965, spending per household has grown by nearly 162 percent, from $11,431 in 1965 to $29,401 in 2010. From 2010 to 2021, it is projected to rise to $35,773, a 22 percent increase.

In an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel, U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams explains that the lack of a budget was inexcusable during the Democrats control of both houses.  He writes:

Could you imagine not doing a family budget for 1,000 days, or businesses going that long without one?

The previous Democrat-led Congress had ample time to do so. With President Obama in the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the power to implement any budget they chose. Unfortunately, they punted on their responsibilities, choosing to pass legislation creating a national energy tax and an unpopular health-care law instead.

And  here is a GOP ad highlighting the momentous achievement.  The trailer highlights the fact that January 24, 2012 marks 1,000 days since Senate Democrats passed a budget, and that President Obama’s policies have hurt job growth and made our economy worse.

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