GOP WALKS OUT As Dems Refuse to Pass Surveillance Bill

Here’s the video of the House Republicans standing (and walking out) for America:

Rep. Eric Cantor has more at his blog.

Republican Representatives walked out of US House today after Democrats refused to vote on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act bill.
Instead, Democrats continued to play politics by charging former White House members with failing to testify in front of a House committee.
FOX News reported:

The House voted to issue contempt citations for two presidential confidants on an almost completely party-line vote pushed by Democrats.

The vote was 232-32, with one vote of “present.”

The citations charge former White House counsel Harriet Miers with failing to testify and accuse her and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten of refusing Congress’ demands for documents related to the 2006-2007 firings of a number of U.S. attorneys, which Democrats believe might have been done for political reasons.

Few Republicans were in the chamber after House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, led a walk-out off the House floor in protest of the vote.

Boehner and other Republicans said they believed the House should instead be voting on a terror surveillance bill to renew a law that is set to expire Friday.

President Bush held a special press conference this morning to push Democrats to think of protecting America and quit playing politics.

UPDATE: Representative Kay Granger (R-TX) released this on the turmoil in the House today:

Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) today released the following statement after the House leadership refused to bring up the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) up for a renewal vote.

“This is a disappointing day for the House of Representatives. The refusal of the House Democratic Leaders to allow a vote to permanently extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that the Senate passed earlier this week is unacceptable. This is a straight-forward bill that closes an important loophole and enables our intelligence analysts to identify and track down terrorists.

“We should pass the Senate bill now, and give our intelligence community the tools it needs to protect Americans before the bill expires this weekend and before Congress recesses. There is no reason to keep delaying this.”

MORE… Michelle Malkin has more on the debacle in the House.

UPDATE: John Hinderaker charges Democrats with falling flat on national security.

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