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Kucinich Statement on Today's H. Res 505 Vote


Kucinich: House International Relations Committee Once Again Shuns War Oversight Duties

House International Relations Committee Narrowly Rejects Kucinich Resolution of Inquiry On White House Iraq Group (WHIG)

Today, by a narrow 25-23 vote, the House International Relations Committee rejected a Resolution of Inquiry, offered by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) and co-sponsored by 106 Members of Congress, demanding all documents produced by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG).

The Kucinich Resolution (H. Res. 505) demanded that the White House turn over to Congress all white papers, minutes, notes, emails or other communications kept by the WHIG. Kucinich's resolution was supported by all Democrats at the committee hearing and Congressman Paul (R-TX) and Congressman Leach (R-IA).

After the vote, Kucinich issued the following statement:

"Congress has a Constitutional duty to provide oversight of the Executive Branch. Today the House International Relations Committee, once again, shunned this vital duty.

"We now know that the Administration hyped intelligence and misled the American public and Congress in their effort to 'sell' the war. This group, comprised of the President and Vice President's top aides, was critical in this effort.

"Congress and the American people have a right to these documents, and a right to know the truth.

"This Congress can no longer pass the buck on accountability. With over 2,000 US troops killed in Iraq and tens of thousands more injured, it is long past time that this Congress wakes up and ask the serious questions that the American public is demanding answers to.

"Time after time this Congress has failed its Constitutional duty, and failed the American public. This Congress has become nothing more than a rubber stamp for this Administration and their policies. We owe the American public better. That is what today's resolution was about."

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The idea that John Kerry ran on the Democratic ticket last year is appalling. He is just another Skull and Bones guy like Bush. I really think he is a pal of Bushie Boy -- our boy leader -- a moral midget.

I'd like to express my gratitude to Congressman Kucinich and also to Congressmen Paul and Leach. All of the Congresspeople who voted to demand the materials from the WHIGs are true American patriots. Rep Pau; and Rep Leach get special recognition for their courage in voting for truth and stepping away from the GOP party line.

What this all means of course is that the majority party in Congress continues to shroud the administration, aiding and abetting the cover-up. We, the voters, will be ready next November. It is clear that the GOP has failed in its handling of the reins of power. The nation is adrift and it will take Herculean efforts to save the ship of state and return it to its proper course.

For the next year, efforts to force the GOP to vote on more such resolutions should continue in order to build the negative record of the majority. Last time only Rep Leach was on board. This time Rep Paul joined. Who knows, next time another may see the light and join. And so on, and so on.... Keep up the pressure.

Peace!

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