Sunday, October 29, 2006

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STAY-THE-COURSE-CHABOT REPEATEDLY VOTES AGAINST ACCOUNTABILITY IN IRAQ

Rubberstamp Republican Also Refuses to Hold Oversight Hearings on the War


(Cincinnati--OH-01) Steve Chabot sits on the Committee responsible for oversight on Iraq, the House International Relations Committee. He not only failed his constitutional duty of oversight, but he actively blocked investigation into the run-up to the war and ongoing operations.

Furthermore, he and his Republican Rubberstamp colleagues blocked congressional hearings on the issue of Iraq. It has been almost four years since the war began, we’ve spent over $300 billion, and Chabot’s committee refused any open government hearings from May 2004 to August 2006.

John Cranley is running for Congress to bring a change in Washington by restoring accountability to the people.

US Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) sits on the International Relations Committee with Chabot and came to Cincinnati Friday to talk about Chabot’s repeated votes against accountability and transparency. (See video) Chabot voted down several resolutions that demanded answers from the Administration on its handling of this war to its gathering of intelligence and its policies that affect the lives of our troops in harm's way. Here is a sample:

H Res 549 (Dec. 8, 2005 – Hinchey)
Bush Cincinnati Speech, Union Terminal
Bush made the uranium claims and Iraqi nuclear program in this infamous speech. This resolution asked for draft materials of the speech.
Source: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/T?&report=hr351&dbname=109&

H Res. 505 (Nov. 5, 2005 – Kucinich)
White House Iraq Group
Requests the President and directs the Secretary of State to provide to the House of Representatives: (1) all documents from 2003 pertaining to the taskforce organized by Andrew Card, consisting of Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, Mary Matalin, Nicholas E. Calio, James R. Wilkinson, Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley and I. Lewis Libby, known as the White House Iraq Group; (2) all drafts of all white papers concerning Iraq's nuclear threat assembled in 2003 by the Group; and (3) all documents, including notes from meetings, memos, telephone and electronic mail records, logs and calendars, and records of internal discussions in the possession of the President or the Secretary relating to the Group. The allegation is that the Administration cooked the books and ignored the evidence of experts of both the reasons for the invasion and the aftermath of the bloody postwar. This group, it is alleged, convened with the sole intention of selling the war to the American public.
Source: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/T?&report=hr291&dbname=109&

H. Res 408 (Sept. 14, 2005 – Hinchey)
Iraq Policy
Requesting the President and directing the Secretary of Defense to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution all documents in the possession of the President and Secretary of Defense relating to communications with officials of the United Kingdom relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq.
Source: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/T?&report=hr224&dbname=109&

H. Res 375 (Sept. 14, 2005-Lee)
Pre-War Intelligence
Requesting the President and directing the Secretary of State to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution all information in the possession of the President and the Secretary of State relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq.
Source: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/T?&report=hr223&dbname=109&

H Res 419 (Sept. 14, 2005 – Holt)
Valerie Plame
Directing the Secretary of State to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution documents in the possession of the Secretary of State relating to the disclosure of the identity and employment of Ms. Valerie Plame.
Source: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/T?&report=hr225&dbname=109&

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