July 26th, 2007
01:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Bush, Cheney the target of new censure resolutions

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

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  1. Lesly, Boston, Massachusetts

    Finally some democrats have enough intestinal fortitude to do what is right for our country and put their fear of republican retribution behind the love of our America and its citizens.

    July 26, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Bob Tatom-Arlington,Texas

    I think Hinchey and Feingold need to get back under the rock with Kerry and Gore!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Has the shrill from the Impeach Now crowd become so loud in the ears of Hinchey he ACTUALLY thinks the "American People have reached a breaking point"???

    Mr Hinchey – do NOT let common sense and reasoning stop you from this endeavor. This will cause the media and the American public to revisit the FACTS – the intelligence being offered by France, Germany, England, Clinton Administration, etc about Iraq. We can revisit ALL the UN Resolutions ignored by Saddam. We can revisit the reasons why Saddam through out the inspectors and refused to allow them to finish their assignment authorized by the UN. We can revisit the comments by Democrats who favored the war and voted to authorize it after viewing the SAME intelligence the white house had privy.

    PLEASE... I urge you to continue this self-sabotage.

    July 26, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Andy, Tallahassee, FL

    It's about time...it's an outrage what this administration has done...what a travesty to think that any of us...all of us...regardless of political affiliation...will put up with this...I am so surprised we are not having riots over the decisions Bush and CHeney have made...to the detriment of our country. What a travesty, indeed.

    July 26, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. rada, houston, Texas

    Impeach... Impeach... Impeach

    July 26, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Ernesto, Tulsa, OK

    There is still hope for this Republic after all. Hinchey and Feingold...Godspeed!

    July 26, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    My god its like theyre school children. Teacher, teacher, he did this, and I'm gonna yell and scream about it.

    How does this do anything at all? Could it be a publicity stunt? Methinks yes.. Never heard of this guy before this, and probably wont after. Way to give the bandwagoners there 15 minutes of fame...

    July 26, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Rachel, Hobart IN

    Does a censure resolution really DO anything? We need to impeach Bush and Cheney.

    July 26, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Charly W Redding CA

    Clinton uses her experience to bring down hope. It is naive to think that the strategically formulated YouTube question directed to Obama was not a setup and that Clinton had not rehearsed her answer. Obama is right: Clinton demonstrates politics as usual rather than change with this "nice fabricated controversy".

    July 26, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Sandy, Clearwater FL

    Might as well let them go ahead with the censure debate...gives Congress something to do....God knows they are not accomplishing anything anyway

    July 26, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. DJ, Los Angeles CA

    Awesome...finally the Democrats will stop being wimps and go after these thugs.

    Censure is a moderate approach. Impeachment still can be left on the table.

    July 26, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Nicolas, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Watch http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com and tell me this government is anything but filled with lies and deceit. It may not all be fact but it should at least open your eyes. The Bush administration is the perfect example of how easy it is to abuse the American people's unwavering ability to eat up whatever the government chooses to spoon feed them. I am a proud Canadian and we to the North are tired of watching you follow these malicious dictators. The patriot act, among other legistlation, allows the US government to enter your house at any time, without a warrant, hold you and your family without your right to legal council for an INDEFINITE amount of time, all under the guise of that you are a potential terrorist. You must ask yourself, what did the Gestapo do to "suspected communist terrorists" in Nazi Germany? I can’t believe that the American public is ok, and sometimes even supports, some of the legislation passed by Bush-Cheney (i.e. the patriot act). You must see that the same morals and truths your young men and women are fighting and DYING to protect are being taken away right under your nose!! It's time to look outside the box people!!

    July 26, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. james , Arlington ,tx

    i posted a comment a little while ago and i'm concerned that it being pro Bush it was bumped from this page for a anti Bush comment posted by someone from Canada, now i'm wondering about the agenda of CNN i remember when CNN was a small station with no agenda of it's own it's a sad day in america when the news only reports one side, i just lost all respect for CNN and will no longer use it as a sorce for unbias news and am removeing it from my favorites list , sorry Anderson Cooper i actully liked your work !!!!

    July 26, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. mike, Milwaukee

    Nick from Ontario,

    You want us to watch a video which you admit "It may not all be fact but it should at least open your eyes" – so we can learn about the lies of our government???


    Ummm... we already have a American Propogandist named Michael Moore – but thanks for the offer!?

    July 26, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. Connie, Tn.

    Bush probably doesn't know the meaning of censure. He'll think they approve of him.

    July 26, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. bprosserme

    You know, the Democrats have become so obsessed with finding evil and fanatical about all things not their own, one might get the impression that the Democrats have started a new religion based on mistrust and hatred. I feel so sorry for them. Once a person / group becomes fanatical, people start avoiding them, smiling and backing away. Poor dears. Surely they cannot understand how they are being received.

    July 26, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. BTodd

    Charley W, all of the candidates had the questions ahead of time. Obama had a chance to formulate his answer as much as Clinton did.

    July 26, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Fran, Colorado Springs, CO

    Republican – Democrat
    This is not the issue. This should not be a case of political party against political party. This is an American problem. The Canadian is right. It is our laws, our way of life that is at risk. If both sides would just stop for a moment and look at what is happening in our country. Do we really want to be known for the Patriot Act? Torture? A blantantly obvious lying Attorney General? – the very man who is supposed to be protecting our laws? How many times in the last week has Bush said "al qaeda"? Don't you see how we are being led along by a man with no scruples? He uses God as a weapon. He backs big business and leaves "us" little guys in the corner. If you don't believe that he is doing wrong by what we are saying, then read...read yourself and find out.

    July 26, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Mike, Milwaukee

    Impeach Bush = Chaney Presidency

    Good thinking all you Bush haters!

    July 26, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    bprosserme .. LOL!

    You just make sure you vote republican to teach us Dems a lesson now!

    And tell those other 28-percenters of yours to!

    July 26, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. jcw, Michigan

    I am definitely pro-choice on this one. Bush and Cheney can choose, impeachment, censure, resignation or retirement.
    Of course I would love to see retirements of Gonzales, Rove, Reid, Kennedy and a few dozen more. I might even give them all golden parachutes as long as they use them in Afghanistan or Iraq.

    July 26, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. Lance, Los Angeles, CA.

    IT'S ABSOLUTELY ABOUT TIME! The current administration has made mockery of what my family has fought for generations to protect. If stern, decisive action isn't taken to reprimand these criminals, future administations will be able to write their own ticket in terms of corruption and abuse of the constitution. It is disgraceful, sickening what they've done to our country and to what we should stand for. Libby, torture, partisan politics, eternal fear mongering, signing privilidges as self legislation, no habius corpus, taxes for the poor, tax relief for their corporate buddies, every child left behind, HMOs getting rich, IRAQ, IRAQ, IRAQ, thousands dead around the world and many more to come. What's next? Impeachment. Nothing less.

    July 27, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. Brad, Milton, Wisconsin

    To say that this is nothing more than a publicity stunt or a case of a student tattling is out right uninformed. what the President has done is abused executive privilege and sullied America's prestige in the world; he should consequently be reprimanded. I've backed Feingold on this issue for sometime because he is keeping his nose clean of the radicalism that is so rampant in or political system. It's time for Republicans and Democrats alike to stand up to this menace because the Mid-Terms were obviously not enough.

    July 27, 2007 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  24. Boston

    Civil Liberties are being taken from Americans on a daily basis. Mostly under the the pretense of pending terrorism threats. It's about time that someone is taking charge to expose these dictatorial, self-serving practices of the Bush, Cheeney (and formerly Romney team)....

    Now if we could just wake our young people up and get them involved in the needed realignment of our country – as we did in the 60's

    July 27, 2007 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  25. Chrostopher

    About damn time!

    July 27, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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