- Nov 22, 2003
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I can well understand the temptation, especially in light of the newest rendition of 'embarrassing' Bush. However, I think this could easily come back to bite those that practice such:
Republicans Set to Block Jeffersons Appointment to Homeland Security Panel
By: Patrick O'Connor
February 28, 2007 01:36 PM EST
Republicans plan to force a floor vote on Rep. William Jefferson's move to the Homeland Security Committee in an unprecedented maneuver to force Democrats to go on the record supporting their embattled colleague who is the target of a federal bribery investigation.
House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) pledged to call for a recorded vote on the House floor when Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) introduces a resolution to make the Jefferson move official.
Pelosi removed Jefferson from the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee in response to Justice Department allegations that the Louisiana Democrat had accepted $100,000 in bribes and stored $90,000 of them in his freezer. The speaker then gave Jefferson a seat on the Homeland Security, and Democrats agreed to the change in a closed-door caucus in February.
"The idea that Homeland Security is less important than the tax-writing committee is ludicrous," Blunt said Wednesday.
Asked about Jefferson on CNNs Larry King Live Tuesday, the speaker said Homeland Security was a good spot for him because his New Orleans congressional district was decimated by Hurricane Katrina.
It is extremely rare for either party to block the other's committee assignments. Most, in fact, are usually approved on the floor by unanimous consent. But Republicans are confident they can block Jefferson's committee assignment with the help of Democrats who would be reluctant to support him.