WASHINGTON (CNN) – On Thursday, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, D-New York, announced he is joining forces with Senator Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, to introduce censure resolutions against President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other members of their administration.
Hinchey will offer two censure resolutions in the House: one to formally condemn the Bush administration for falsifying its justifications to attack Iraq and its subsequent mismanagement; and a second to admonish the administration for its handling of the National Security Agency surveillance program, detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and the firing of U.S. Attorneys.
"The American people have reached a breaking point," Hinchey said in a statement Thursday. "If Congress does not act to formally admonish this White House then the future of our democracy will be placed on a slippery slope in which other presidents may point to the actions of this administration as justification for further abuses of the Constitution."
Hinchey is teaming up with Feingold, who has already stated his intention to introduce censure resolutions in the Senate. The two men are still working on the measures' language.
"I thank Congressman Hinchey for his willingness to stand up to this administration for its misleading statements leading up to and during our military involvement in Iraq, as well as its attack on the rule of law," Feingold said in a statement.
– CNN Congressional Producer Evan Glass