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Success in Washington!

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It is a crazy day here at the American Freedom Campaign, but I wanted to share some great news with you. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives finally passed the contempt resolution against White House officials Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers! As you know, the American Freedom Campaign -- backed by all of you -- has been pushing for this vote for months. Congress has taken a stand in support of our system of checks and balances and we all have reason to celebrate.

I would personally like to thank everyone who took the time to send an email to Congress, urging passage of this contempt resolution. Over the past few months, AFC supporters have sent about 19,000 emails on this issue. This caught the attention of the popular Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, which this morning cited these 19,000 emails as part of the reason the resolution made it to the floor. We are a young organization, but we are having a serious impact in Washington!

As my time is limited, I thought I would paste below much of our press release we sent out today. It provides some additional information about the vote along with our reaction to it.

Best,
Steve

Steve Fox
Campaign Director
http://www.americanfreedomcampaign.org/

The American Freedom Campaign Agenda

(The American Freedom Agenda Act of 2007 (H.R. 3835), which addresses most of the issues outlined below, was introduced by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul on October 15, 2007. Click here http://www.americanfreedomcampaign.org///storage/afagenda/do... to read the text of the bill.)

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To clarify...

Was the bill itself passed, or is the contempt resolution a separate matter?

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Live Free or Die - Amen to that

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Live Free or Die - Amen to that

Well Done!

This is exciting news, lynn. Sad, that I'm actually shocked to find any of our Congress standing up for what's right.

I guess this means the Senate gets involved in this next...here's hoping it passes there, too. Whatever happens, it sounds like, at least in this instance, the voices of Americans are being heard and heeded. Perhaps this will lead to yet more truth coming out, and will embolden our citizens to greater pursue truth, justice, and adherence to our Constitution throughout our branches of government.

And thanks, Dr. Paul, for introducing this bill!!

Heroes are everywhere!

In DC too!

See you at the march!

Unify

BEWARE... they will just bring this up again in another form

and slip it in under the radar as a last minute "attachment" to some omnibus spending or budget bill.

These things never go away.

It was e-mailed to me.

Maybe it's on their web-site?

Mathew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Here is the link

from the website:http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll060.xml

Link not working for me...

is it just me?

Sorry, for some reason it isn't working

I went to the article on the post and there is a link on there to see how your congressman voted. Sadly, my congressman was one of those who walked out rather than vote!
Trying the link again: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll060.xml

This is the press release:

WASHINGTON - Today, by a margin of 223-32, the U.S. House of Representatives, through the adoption of a self-executing rule, passed two resolutions related to the refusal of two White House officials to comply with congressional subpoenas to testify before Congress last year. The first resolution directed the U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. to bring criminal contempt charges against White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers to a grand jury. The second resolution authorizes the House general counsel to bring a civil suit against the White House to settle the question of whether the testimony of Bolten and Miers should be covered by executive privilege.

"After months of frustration, we are pleased that the House has finally passed these important resolutions," said Steve Fox, campaign director for the American Freedom Campaign. "In order for our system of checks and balances to be effective, Congress must have oversight over the executive branch. When Bolten and Miers -- with the encouragement of the President -- refused to comply with the congressional subpoenas last summer, they were tacitly saying that this oversight power no longer existed. If they are not held in contempt -- and prosecuted in the courts -- our Constitution will have been defiled."

While the American Freedom Campaign is pleased by the outcome of the vote, it is disappointed by the fact that only three Republicans voted in favor of these resolutions. Worse, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) stood on the floor of the House and asked members of his party to walk out of the chamber and skip the vote entirely. All but 34 Republicans complied with this request.

"This should not have been a partisan issue," Fox continued. "This is an historic dispute between two branches of government. Both Democratic and Republican members of Congress should stand up for the American people and for the institution in which they serve. Any Republican who failed to vote in favor of this resolution has expressed his or her support for an impotent Congress during an Obama or Clinton administration. Such a development would be just as damaging for our nation as an impotent Congress under President Bush."

"Those members of Congress who walked out on this vote, have turned their back on the Constitution itself," Fox added. "They have violated their oath to 'support and defend the Constitution' and do not deserve to represent the American people. Again, this is not a partisan matter. We would say the exact same thing if Democrats walked out on a vote to defend the oversight powers of Congress under the Constitution."

The American Freedom Campaign has been one of the most aggressive organizations in the country pushing its members to stand up for our system of checks and balances. Since November, nearly 19,000 emails have been sent from AFC supporters to their U.S. representatives, urging them to pass the contempt resolution.

Mathew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.