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Old June 10, 2012, 07:48 AM   #2190
thallub
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I don't like Boehner and Cantor's reticence.
i don't like it either but its understandable. The committee votes are probably not there: They may never be there. There are 23 Republicans and 17 Democrats on Issa's committee. None of the Democrats on the committee will vote to bring contempt charges against Holder.

http://oversight.house.gov/committee-members/

Issa needs 21 votes to recommend contempt charges against Holder. At present Issa has 16 votes. Two Republicans are seriously waffling and five others have not committed. If the committee vote should fail theres no indictment of Holder for contempt. Big political issue for the Democrats.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/22...ntempt-charge-

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When compared with the 16 Republicans on the committee who have actively been speaking in favor of the measure, the silence, lack of outspoken support and desire by these eight GOP caucus members to avoid the issue could be a problem for Issa.

Republican leadership has been hesitant and reluctant to voice its support for Issa’s move, possibly owing to the chairman’s inability to guarantee the measure’s passage in his own committee.

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With only 16 committee Republicans publicly supporting the resolution — and no Democrats — Issa falls short of the 21 votes he needs to pass it out of the 40-member panel to the House floor.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) plans to hold off making a decision on whether he will support the measure until Issa puts forward a final version of the resolution and formally introduces it, his office told The Hill. Rep. Frank Guinta’s (R-N.H.) office said the lawmaker declined to comment on whether he supports Issa’s measure.

Reps. Todd Platts (R-Pa.), Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Connie Mack (R-Fla.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) have not responded to repeated requests for comment over the past two weeks.

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