House Kills GOP Resolution Seeking Probe of Pelosi

Posted May 21, 2009 at 11:53am

Updated: 3:06 p.m.

The House voted 252-172 to table a GOP resolution seeking a probe into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) allegations that the CIA lied to Congress.

The resolution, offered by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), called for the creation of a bipartisan subcommittee to review Pelosi’s charge that CIA “repeatedly misled Congress— during the early years of President George W. Bush’s administration.

Democrats along with Republican Reps. Walter Jones Jr. (N.C.) and Ron Paul (Texas) voted to kill the motion.

Pelosi was not in the chamber during the vote.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) motion to table or dismiss the bill caused a momentary ruckus on the House floor. Republican members could be heard shouting, “Lame!— as they registered their votes.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters before the vote that Republicans felt compelled to introduce the resolution because Pelosi had yet to back up her allegations or retract her comments about the CIA.

“We have to get this resolved,— Boehner said.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Hoyer charged Republicans with pursuing “the politics of personal destruction.—

“It does not serve the country to have the kind of politics practiced that we saw today on the floor of the House,— Hoyer said.

He renewed his endorsement of a comprehensive review of Bush-era torture policy — either by a Congressional panel or an independent commission — and said such an assessment would include a look at whether intelligence officials misled lawmakers. “Clearly, during the course of finding out what was done, that will come out,— he said.

Jennifer Bendery contributed to this report.