Democrats Unanimously Back Pelosi
By Paul Kane
A unanimous bloc of House Democrats voiced their support today for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, rejecting a Republican resolution calling for an investigation into the California Democrat's assertion the CIA misled her about the nature of terrorist interrogations in 2002.
By a vote of 252 to 172, the House rejected the resolution. All 250 Democrats who cast votes supported Pelosi, joined by two Republicans, Reps. Walter Jones Jr. (N.C.) and Ron Paul (Texas).
The GOP resolution would have created a subcommittee within the House intelligence committee to probe the speaker's assertion last week that the CIA told her at a September 2002 briefing that the controversial technique of waterboarding was not used yet on a high value al-Qaeda prisoner. Later, government reports showed that some form of waterboarding had been used 83 times on one detainee in the weeks before the Pelosi briefing.
"The Speaker is the second in line for the presidency, and the weight of the allegations against America's top foreign intelligence agency makes this bipartisan investigation necessary," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said.
Instead of backing the resolution, Democrats used it as an opportunity to show their united loyalty to the woman who led them to the majority in 2006 and expanded that edge in the 2008 elections. The Democratic caucus, which had 203 members on the eve of the 2006 elections, now stands at 256 members.
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May 21, 2009; 1:02 PM ET
Categories: Dem. Leaders
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