Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Leading House Democrats tell NRA to Butt Out of Holder Contempt Vote

The NRA believes the purpose of "Fast and Furious' was to get guns sold in America into the hands of Mexican drug gangs for the purpose of murder and mayhem and, then, blame the violence on lax U.S. gun laws. This would be used as the catalyst for new gun legislation. The NRA  may be correct and the withheld documents may provide the truth. They are scoring this vote.
(The Hill) — Leading House Democrats on Wednesday urged the nation’s powerful gun lobby to butt out of the partisan fight over a measure to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) warned House lawmakers last week that it will score Thursday’s vote on the Republicans’ contempt resolution, which accuses Holder of stonewalling a GOP investigation into a bungled gun-walking program under his Department of Justice (DOJ).
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) said the NRA is merely “playing politics,” arguing that the contempt vote “has nothing to do with the specific use or ownership of guns” and charging that the NRA’s involvement “shows how far Republicans allowed the issue of government oversight to descend into an issue of Republican overreach.”
“What the heck is the NRA doing getting involved in scoring votes on an issue of a contempt citation?” Becerra, vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said during a press briefing in the Capitol.
Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) also questioned the NRA’s involvement, calling it an “extraordinary” step even as he conceded it will likely swing some Democratic votes behind the contempt measure.
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