May 21st, 2009
05:37 PM ET
12 years ago

GOP's push for Pelosi investigation fails in the House

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Rob Bishop offered a resolution on the House floor to create a bipartisan investigation of Nancy Pelosi."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans' effort to push the resolution to create a bipartisan investigation of Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed Thursday afternoon.

When Utah Republican Rob Bishop offered the resolution on the House floor, the presiding officer in the House ruled it out of order. House rules require that any resolution must pertain to the House itself - the GOP resolution called for an evaluation of statements made by the executive branch (the CIA).

Republicans appealed the ruling and called for a vote, but Democrats rejected the appeal, and it was defeated largely on party lines - 272-172. Two Republicans - Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas - voted with the Democrats.

After the vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer denounced the GOP effort. "The Republicans for the last few weeks have been focused on the politics of personal destruction…." he said. "In this case, it attempts to distract the American public from the very important work that confronts this nation by focusing on the Speaker of the House and the representations she made as to her recollections with reference to a briefing that occurred some seven years ago."

Pelosi was not on the floor when Republicans introduced the resolution because she was in Baltimore delivering a commencement address at Johns Hopkins University.

Her spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, dismissed the move by Republicans. "This is nothing but a political distraction because the Republicans have nothing else to offer," said Elshami.

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soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. CJ

    Too bad they are not so eager to step up to the plate and prosecute the past administration for war crimes, lying to the American people, sitting on their infamous back sides while Americans died during Hurricane Katrina, and breaking international law. They all talk the talk, but they simply do not know how to walk the walk.

    May 21, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. Too True For You

    Let me contribute to the republican rebranding effort: Instead of the Grand Obstructionist Party, we can now label them the Grandstanding Obstructionist Party 8)

    May 21, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Dee, NJ

    Mr. Steele, your childeren did not tell YOU what they was doing today! Steele, be the MAN, "U Are The Man.....???

    May 21, 2009 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
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