The Daily Caller
May 9, 2012
A motion South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy introduced this week to cut Department of Justice employees’ salaries by $1 million passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote — a sign of overwhelming support — on Tuesday.
While speaking on the House floor about his decision to introduce the amendment, Gowdy said that “for well over a year now, committees of Congress have been trying to answer basic fundamental questions about an ill-conceived, ill-executed firearms operation called Fast and Furious.”
“A Border Patrol agent was killed, hundreds of Mexican citizens have been killed, thousands of weapons are unaccounted for and likely, madam chairwoman, are going to be used in future crimes,” a visibly irate Gowdy said during his House floor speech. “But the Department of Justice — and the attorney general specifically — will not provide documents properly, legitimately requested. So, I am left with no choice, madam chairwoman, but to offer an amendment cutting the Department of Justice’s appropriation.”
“Madam chairwoman, Congress has been patient. Indeed, too patient in my judgment — and I understand that for some everything is a political exercise,” Gowdy continued. “But, surely, the Department of Justice can rise above petty, partisan politics and comply with a subpoena. The Department of Justice, madam chairwoman, expects others to comply with subpoenas yet they will not do so themselves.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 3:36 am