Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) released the following statement today:
"Today, I joined my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus and the Democratic Caucus in walking out on the vote scheduled by House Republicans to hold the Attorney General of the United States in contempt. I walked out because this blatant political move by Republicans is not only without merit, but also unprecedented in the history of the House -- never before has it held a Cabinet official in contempt. More importantly, however, the vote is a farce because the Department of Justice has cooperated at every turn in the Fast and Furious investigation, providing almost 8,000 documents and sending Attorney General Holder to the Hill for numerous hearings and meetings with congressional investigators. His cooperation and patience with the investigation is commendable.
"This vote is also a distraction from the real issues the American public faces; unfortunately, that tactic is par for the course for House Republicans. Instead of focusing on reducing interest rates on student loans or passing a bipartisan highway infrastructure bill, which would put millions of Americans to work, House Republicans are wasting the taxpayers' time and money on a witch hunt. It is time to get back to the People's work, and end these unfortunate games."