Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement today regarding his decision to participate in a "walkout" on a vote to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress:
"House Republicans today pushed what may be their most partisan and shameful exercise since they took over the majority--voting to hold a sitting U.S. Attorney General in criminal contempt of Congress. Never before in our nation's history has a sitting Cabinet member been held in contempt of Congress. Speaker Boehner's decision to hold this vote today is a clear sign that Republicans do not take their responsibilities as Members of Congress seriously and are willing to play dangerous games with the U.S. Constitution in the interests of furthering their political pursuits.
"That is why I could not, in good conscience, participate in a politically motivated charade today by voting on such an irresponsible legislative action. Instead, I joined many of my colleagues in a symbolic "walkout' during the Republican criminal contempt vote.
"Our nation has a lot of serious problems on our plate. It's critically important that we rebuild our economy and create new jobs, but instead of getting to work on the things that matter, Republicans are wasting precious time with political brinkmanship. Today's maneuver by House Republicans was not fair to the American public and was an appalling abuse of power."