House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) highlighted a report issued today by the Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 2007 that confirmed a vote taken that evening was incorrect. The Select Committee was tasked with investigating what happened during a controversial vote on a Republican proposal to deny taxpayer-funded benefits from being received by illegal immigrants. The findings reveal that vote recorded by the Democratic Majority - Roll Call Vote 814 - was incorrect. Boehner issued the following statement on the Select Committee's report:
"The Select Committee's findings represent another black eye for this Democrat-led Congress. By confirming that the August 2, 2007 vote was incorrect, as Republicans had suspected all along, this report shines an even brighter spotlight on the lack of real leadership in the House of Representatives. On that Thursday evening, Republicans had secured enough votes to bar illegal immigrants from receiving taxpayer-funded benefits under an agriculture spending bill. When the Democratic leadership rigged the process to reverse the vote, they believed they would never be caught. However, thanks to the hard work of our Republican team - including Mike Pence, Steve LaTourette, and Kenny Hulshof, who served on the Select Committee - the American people now know the truth. That vote - as well as the law that resulted from that vote - was incorrect, and it remains illegitimate.
"The American people also know that spending their hard-earned money to fund benefits for illegal immigrants is wrong, and it is wasteful. That is just what our proposal intended to stop, and I am pleased that a majority of those in the chamber that night supported it. Just as the Democratic leaders in the House have been held accountable for their misdeeds on the evening of August 2, 2007, Republicans and the American people will continue to hold them accountable for their misguided policies that waste taxpayer dollars, raise taxes, and block our nation from adopting a real, comprehensive energy plan to lower gas prices."
NOTE: On the night of August 2, 2007, a GOP proposal to bar illegal immigrants from receiving taxpayer-funded benefits under Fiscal Year 2008 agriculture appropriations bill passed 215-213 when the Democratic chair gaveled the vote to a close. After reopening the vote and allowing several Democrats to change their vote, Democratic leaders ordered the vote closed for a second time, reversing the outcome and restoring taxpayer benefits under the bill for illegal immigrants. The select committee - which had subpoena power - today confirmed that the final vote was incorrect.