Since Rove, Myers and Bolton have all ignored subpoenas made by House committees, when do you plan to arrest these fugitives and force them to comply?
I'm curious how any Democrat, much less any member of Congress, considered their oath of office to uphold the Constitution before they voted to allow for telecom immunity in the service of warrantless, secret, illegal and unconstitutional searches of our phone calls.
As the Bill passed under your stewardship, clearly not many did. What a disservice to the citizens of your district and to the country overall.
If George Bush and Dick Cheney have not committed impeachable offenses, then just what is an impeachable offense?
Madam Speaker, as one of your constituents in San Francisco, I have supported you at the polls for many years, and was proud when you became Speaker of the House. Could you please restore our hope in the rule of law, and give us a sense of how the Democratic Congress will act to hold criminals in the Bush administration accountable for their illegal acts? With the judicial and executive branches of government ignoring ...more »
The Democratic Congress of 2006 was elected on a clear anti-Bush mandate. Unfortunately, you seem to have misread that mandate. You have apparently been making it a priority to pass any legislation, even if it's bad Bush-backed legislation, rather than making it a priority to *stop* the worst Republican schemes. You bottled up impeachment hearings, and you failed to use inherent contempt on subpoena-violators, but ...more »
When the Republicans led Congress, they were quite successful, using procedural and political tactics, in blocking the Democratic Party's agenda. Why is it that the Republican Party, now the minority, seem to maintain this power? Allowing the minority party a seat at the table may seem like the civil and polite way to govern, but it has resulted in the public perception of a deadlocked, do-nothing Congress, or worse, ...more »
I can't seem to find the clause anywhere that gives her the power to decide this. Rep. Kucinich has done everything "by the book" and impeachment should be moving forward. Why is Pelosi trying to impead what should be her consititutional duty.
Madam Speaker, Re Rove's likely refusal to appear before the House tomorrow, it's been reported that your communications director Brendan Daly sent (Huffington Post) the following statement: Those reports are completely untrue -- the Speaker has not urged the Judiciary Committee not to seek contempt charges against Karl Rove. The committee can seek a contempt citation if it decides to do so. (Fyi, Henry Waxman's ...more »
Madam Speaker: Forgive my legislative ignorance, but after pulling out an 8th grade Civics book from the early 1970’s, it is well known that the Constitution provides that "All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives." As a result, the Senate does not have the power to initiate bills imposing taxes. Furthermore, the House of Representatives holds that the Senate does not have the ...more »
If you'll take impeachment off the table for a president who's committed war crimes, what would a president have to do for you to impeach him?
If you could take impeachment off the table, why could you not take a FISA bill with immunity off the table?
When you became Speaker, you announced that impeachment was "off the table." I would like to know the rationale for this statement at the time, and I would like to hear your opinion as to whether the events since then have justified your removal of this option. In short, why did you say it? Were you afraid of the Republicans and their media machine screaming you were after payback for the Clinton debacle? Were you ...more »
You should be on the podium denouncing Rove's no-show and noting that Rove and the Bush administration aren't above the law. It's not like there aren't -- to paraphrase Keith Olbermann -- 50 running administration scandals. No one lacks for material. Why aren't you as upset as the rest of us? They don't ignore rights, ignore the waste and fraud of their crony contractors that we're paying for, selectively prosecute ...more »
Speaker Pelosi: Can you understand why millions of Americans are so upset with you and Congress for “taking impeachment of President Bush (current approval rating 28%) off the table?” When you have enabled the most corrupt administration in American history to perpetuate its crimes with impunity? When millions of our tax dollars were spent to impeach Bill Clinton for having a consensual affair (while his accusers, ...more »
I've read that Chairman Conyers is being pressured not to pursue Karl Rove with contempt charges once Rove gives the Judiciary Committee the one finger salute with failure to appear. Has the Democratic Party been truly rendered impotent by the Bush administration? Are accountability and oversight important to Congress?
I have heard that you have taken impeachment off of the table so that Congress can attend to the American People's business. Exactly what business is it that we, as a People, have that trumps upholding the Constitution?
Nancy Pelosi, why have you urged the Judiciary committee NOT to go forward with contempt charges against Karl Rove for violating his supoena?
Yeah, I know. But, in your opinion, how well has the subpoena power of the House of Representatives worked in keeping the behavior of the Administration within bounds - particularly with regards to torture and warrantless wiretapping - and what other remedies, if any, do you suggest?
Madame Speaker, you are a *Democrat* but you'd never know it by the way you have "led". Will you either grow a spine, or step aside for someone who will actually .. you know, *lead*?
I am trying to strike a delicate balance between being deferent enough to elicit a candid response, while at the same time giving voice to a burgeoning sense of frustration whose nature does not bear description in these polite fora. My goal in asking the question is to better understand what is happening and, more importantly, why. To me, it seems obvious that the Bush/Cheney Administration is systematically violating ...more »
One of the main reasons you gave for electing Democrats in 2006 was oversight and subpoena power. Since you have taken impeachment off the table and since the attorney general will not follow up of contempt of congress resolutions, how can congress exercise its oversight duties and what real difference has subpoena power made in uncovering the misdeeds of, for instance, Karl Rove?
This is not about politics or political calculation. It is about whether this Nation stands up and enforces the U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and the most basic of Human Rights, or whether this Nation instead establishes completely criminal conduct, the tyranny of mass-murder, and the arrogance of dictatorship ('unitary executive') as legal American public policy. Over one million totally innocent people in ...more »
Should the Congress arrest Failure To Appear violators to enforce its self-provided subpoena power?
If not, why isn't Congress's subpoena power a farce?
Republicans held the Presidency and majorities in both Houses of Congress from 2003 through 2006. The lack of oversight and serious challenge during those years allowed the President to go seriously off-track with Iraq, appoint cronies and wolves to mismanage federal agencies, abuse secrecy and civil liberties, destroy a thriving economy, and a probable host of additional ills yet to be discovered. The corruption and ...more »
Now that we know that Bush and Cheney committed war crimes ( RED CROSS findings recently published in The Dark Side)which most of knew already, WHY NOT IMPEACH THESE CRIMINALS ILLEGALLY IN OUR WHITE HOUSE, THE HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND WHY NOT START IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS TODAY?