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September 22, 2014

House Votes to Table Resolution Condemning Darrell Issa

Hours after the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus introduced a resolution condemning Rep. Darrell Issa, Republicans shelved it.

The House on Thursday voted 211-186, on a party line vote, to table the privileged resolution that would have implicated the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee with violating “Clause 1 of Rule XXIII of the Code of Official Conduct, which states that ‘A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, Officer or Employee of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”

Ten members voted “present,” including most members of the ethics committee and Issa.

On Wednesday, the California Republican shut off the microphone of ranking member Elijah E. Cummings as the Maryland Democrat sought to ask a procedural question and make general remarks following IRS official Lois Lerner’s refusal to participate in panel proceedings.

Issa said the committee had already adjourned and Cummings only wanted a chance to “launch into a diatribe,” while Cummings and House Democrats said Issa’s behavior was unbefitting of a committee chairman and disrespectful to the panel’s senior Democrat.

CBC Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, who introduced the resolution condemning Issa, also submitted a letter to Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, on Thursday asking that Issa be removed from his chairmanship for his treatment of Cummings, also a CBC member.

But Boehner backed the chairman.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., made the motion to table the privileged resolution.

  • Steve Dietrich

    The meeting was adjourned. Which part of that did Cummings not understand?

    • Chilidawg

      Issa adjourned the meeting AFTER Cummings started speaking. Simple common curtesy should have applied, but we all know that decency is not one of Issa’s traits.

    • AnthonyLook

      We will treat Republicans the same when the time comes.

    • johnblack45john

      What part of Issa was the only one that got to speak at the hearing do you not understand?

      • wildcat26

        Poor ole Elijah, don’t know what he missed, Poor ole Elijah, he left the room so pissed. SUCK IT UP!!

        • johnblack45john

          Why do you dumb a** baggers love condoning ignorant people like Issa?

    • wildcat26

      He doesn’t understand what “adjourned” means….

  • Chilidawg

    After four years, what has Issa accomplished in Congress?

    • wildcat26

      After five years, what has OBUMMER accomplished??

      • Chilidawg

        Obama pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package,” despite the fact that not one Republican voted for that bill. In addition, he launched recovery.gov, so that taxpayers could track spending from the Act.

        • Markle

          Is that the sound of a mike dropping I hear?

      • Chilidawg

        Obama completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of its costs

      • Chilidawg

        He created a $60 billion bank to fund infrastructure improvements such as roads and bridges.

      • Chilidawg

        He provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession.

      • Chilidawg

        Obama ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.

      • Chilidawg

        He pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.

      • Chilidawg

        Obama wholly endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. Poor Mitt was burned by that one.

      • Chilidawg

        Obama oversaw and then signed the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression.

      • Chilidawg

        Obama advocated for and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity

      • Chilidawg

        He pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping

      • Chilidawg

        He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.

      • Chilidawg

        Along with Democrats, and almost no Republicans, implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs.

        GM is alive today.

        • Beeker

          Actually it was GWB who implemented the auto industry rescue plan utilizing the TARP funds but Obama continued the program.

      • Chilidawg

        He extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

      • Chilidawg

        He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill.

      • Chilidawg

        He expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act.

      • Chilidawg

        Signed the Democratic-sponsored Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices

      • Chilidawg

        Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence.

      • Chilidawg

        He refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program.

      • Chilidawg

        As part of the 2010 health care reform bill, signed measure ending the wasteful decades-old practice of subsidizing banks to provide college loans. Starting July 2010 all students began getting their federal student loans directly from the federal government. Treasury will save $67 billion over ten years, $36 billion of which will go to expanding Pell Grants to lower-income students.

      • Chilidawg

        He established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them.

      • Chilidawg

        Obama ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called “enhanced interrogation.” He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual.

      • Chilidawg

        He ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed.

      • Chilidawg

        In 2011, reoriented American military and diplomatic priorities and focus from the Middle East and Europe to the Asian-Pacific region. Executed multipronged strategy of positively engaging China while reasserting U.S. leadership in the region by increasing American military presence and crafting new commercial, diplomatic, and military alliances with neighboring countries made uncomfortable by recent Chinese behavior.

      • Chilidawg

        He restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush.

      • Chilidawg

        Signed Omnibus Public Lands Management Act (2009), which designated more than 2 million acres as wilderness, created thousands of miles of recreational and historic trails, and protected more than 1,000 miles of rivers.

      • Chilidawg

        He signed and pushed to ratification a new SALT Treaty. Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will last until at least 2021.

      • Chilidawg

        He provided the troops with better body armor.

      • Chilidawg

        He oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals.

      • Chilidawg

        Devoted $330 million in stimulus money to pay two consortia of states and universities to create competing versions of new K-12 student performance tests based on latest psychometric research. New tests could transform the learning environment in vast majority of public school classrooms beginning in 2014.

      • Chilidawg

        He signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.

      • Chilidawg

        He provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history.

      • Chilidawg

        He’s restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully

      • Chilidawg

        Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast.

        Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

      • Chilidawg

        Has repeatedly beefed up border security

      • Chilidawg

        He eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. He also provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.

      • Chilidawg

        He signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis.

      • Chilidawg

        His EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics.

      • Chilidawg

        He eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price.

      • Chilidawg

        the Affordable Health Care Act

      • Chilidawg

        He fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide.

      • Chilidawg

        Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles.

      • Chilidawg

        His FDA banned the use of antibiotics in livestock production.

      • Chilidawg

        Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (2009). Nine years in the making and long resisted by the tobacco industry, the law mandates that tobacco manufacturers disclose all ingredients, obtain FDA approval for new tobacco products, and expand the size and prominence of cigarette warning labels, and bans the sale of misleadingly labeled “light” cigarette brands and tobacco sponsorship of entertainment events.

      • Chilidawg

        He crafted an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. This will provide the public with greater access to historic White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them.

      • Chilidawg

        Obamas DOI began collection 10 billion in unpaid fees from oil/coal companies.

      • Chilidawg

        He got us out of Iraq.

    • WBC

      I’d say bi**h-slapping Elijah Cummings on national television is a real accomplishment.

  • AnthonyLook

    Republicans beware, when Democrats next have control of the House; we will return the behavior in kind. Just remember what Pandora Box you opened here today.

    • A Taxpayer

      Democrats already have done much worse, both in the House, where the Democrats have stolen elections going back 30 years to the US Senate, where Harry Reid is trying to thwart traditions going back decades. The Senate Republicans will return the favor to the Dems in January when the GOP assumes the majority.

      • AnthonyLook

        List all the elections over 30 years that Democrats have stolen- with proff, or do are you a taxpayer that feels he is paying to just spew lies. We dare you to list out your otherwise lying statement. We will be in charge of the House again and we will remember this behavior. If you think the Republicans are going to reinstate the filibuster rules if they ever take over the Senate, then you’re once again just lying.

        • wildcat26

          Wahington Gov seat twice….Senate seat in MN that got that idiot Al Franken in the US Senate…..there’s you three. I’m sure we could find more.

          • AnthonyLook

            News to everyone but you. What the heck are you babbling about. Prove it.

          • bubba60609

            Yo A – NOW you want proof of something? Any time a Dem clearly does something wrong, all you clowns come out claiming right wing conspiracy. You ignore the facts. Go back to pleasuring yourself. Seems it’s the only thing you are capable of.

          • AnthonyLook

            well bubba666, as usual proof eludes you lie loving tea party birther racists.

      • desizombi

        Do you live 24/7 in your bubble of delusion or do you step out once in a while to take a break?

  • desizombi

    Above all else, why is no one, by this i clearly my “fiscal responsible” conservative “friends”, upset that $14 million was spent and not ONE shred of evidence was found by the carjacking-arsonist Issa. why is no “fiscal conservatives” up in arms about this???!!

  • wildcat26

    Pig face Waxman in 2008, threatened Issa in and EPA hearing. Rep were shut out in the Obummercare debacle. All amendments they put forth were voted down…You don’t like it…that’s tough. Cummings is just a puppet of Obummer..nothing less.

  • lyris

    Of course they did, the gop have no ethics to speak of.

  • Plow Comms

    Our creativity, moral standards, learned customs, and traditions are four of the key differences between mankind and the other animals.

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