The House on Thursday rejected a Democratic resolution that condemned Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) for shutting down a committee hearing without letting any Democrat speak.
With dozens of Democrats standing by her, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) proposed the resolution Thursday morning, a day after Issa held a combative hearing with a former IRS official involved in the IRS targeting scandal.
After former official Lois Lerner refused to answer his questions, Issa ended the hearing, and left ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) pleading to be heard. Issa’s committee has defended the move by saying the hearing was a continuation of a 2013 hearing in which Democrats were allowed to participate.
Nonetheless, Fudge asked House GOP leaders on Thursday to consider her resolution. But in the early afternoon, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) moved to table it.
That move to essentially push the resolution to the side was approved by the House in a 211-186 vote. A handful of Republicans started by voting with Democrats, but in the end, every Republican voted to table the resolution, and six voted “present.” Four Democrats also voted “present.”
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