Friday, March 23, 2012

GOP leadership rankled by resolution calling for attorney general’s head

More than 100 Republicans in the House are clamoring for Eric Holder’s head, but GOP leaders are reluctant to vote on a measure suggesting the ouster of the U.S. attorney general.

Freshman Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) is leading the charge. He said he won’t let up until he gets a vote on his resolution.

But top-ranking Republicans tasked with scheduling a vote on the measure are playing hot potato with the issue, arguing that it’s not their responsibility while overlooking a growing chorus of outrage within their conference.

The measure, which expresses the sense that the lower chamber lacks confidence in Holder to continue as the nation’s top cop, has been sitting with the House Judiciary Committee — one of the busiest legislative committees in the House — since December, as Gosar has steadily added to its retinue of co-sponsors.

Asked Wednesday for comment about the fate of Gosar’s resolution, committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) indicated his support for the measure.

More @ The Hill

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