Rep. Wasserman Schultz on Walkout in Protest of Holder Vote

Statement

By:  Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Date: Aug. 1, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

In response to the GOP contempt vote, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement:

"Today I opposed the latest act of overt political theater staged by House Republican lawmakers who have made it clear that they would rather cast votes aimed at damaging the president instead of helping the American people. I joined my colleagues today in walking off the House Floor to strongly oppose Republican lawmakers' outrageous attempt to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. This is just the latest effort to distract and delay from the task at hand -- creating jobs and strengthening the middle class.

"The Republican leadership has acknowledged that there is no evidence to suggest the Attorney General authorized, condoned, or knew about gun walking or engaged in a cover-up and as such, today's vote was both unwarranted and unprecedented.

"Despite Democratic efforts to hold a real investigation, Chairman Darrell Issa has refused 10 separate Democratic requests for a hearing with Ken Melson, the former director of the agency in charge, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He has also refused to grant a single Democratic witness request during the entire 16-month investigation. This flawed investigation is yet another example of political theater and prevents concrete action to create jobs and build an economy built to last."