Thursday, June 15, 2006

Dems Vote to Oust Jefferson

In an unprecedented move today House Democrats voted, by a margin of 2 to 1, to remove Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA) from his seat on the House Ways and Means committee because of an ongoing FBI bribery investigation.

The vote, done behind closed doors, apparently was not popular with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) who question why the same has not been done with Rep.
Alan Mollohan (D-WV) who is also under investigation, but has been allowed to keep his seat on the equally powerful Appropriations Committee. Congressman Mollohan is white.

Despite the double standard alleged by the CBC, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) looking to score political points and continue her drumbeat that the GOP is engaged in a "culture of corruption" bulled ahead with the full caucus vote. Several weeks ago Ms. Pelosi asked Mr. Jefferson to step aside, he refused thus setting up this course of action.

Now that the full Democrat caucus has vote to remove Cong. Jefferson, the full House of Representatives must vote on the caucus recommendation.


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