Political Headlines June 29, 2012: Justice Department Won’t Prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder for Contempt

POLITICAL HEADLINES

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

Justice Department Won’t Prosecute Holder for Contempt

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After Congress found the nation’s top law enforcement officer in contempt Thursday, the Department of Justice quickly wrote a letter to House Speaker John Boehner informing him that it will not prosecute U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for withholding documents in a congressional investigation of the Fast and Furious gun walking operation.

“The longstanding position of the Department of Justice has been and remains that we will not prosecute an Executive Branch official under the contempt of Congress statute for withholding subpoenaed documents pursuant to a presidential assertion of executive privilege,” James M. Cole, the deputy attorney general, wrote in a letter dated June 28 and addressed to the Speaker.

The House voted Thursday to pass a resolution which, for the first time in U.S. history, found a sitting U.S. attorney general in criminal contempt of Congress….READ MORE

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Political Headlines June 29, 2012: House Passes Student Loan Interest Rates Extension & Transportation Jobs Bill with a Vote of 373-52

POLITICAL HEADLINES

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

IN FOCUS: HOUSE PASSES STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES EXTENSION & TRANSPORTATION JOBS BILL WITH A VOTE OF 373-52

House passes student loans, highway jobs bill: The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed legislation to salvage 2.8 million jobs, mostly in construction, and forestall a sharp increase in interest rates on college loans.

The measure cleared the House on a 373-52 vote and Senate approval was expected shortly…. – AP, 6-29-12

  • Congress sends student loan and transportation package to Obama: Congress ended months of partisan bickering on Friday by passing and sending to President Barack Obama a comprehensive extension of highway and infrastructure projects, along with a one-year extension of low student loan interest rates…. – msnbc.com, 6-29-12
  • Congress moves toward passage of highway bill, takes action on student loans: The burst of legislating comes just four months before the November elections, giving lawmakers achievements to show off to voters who have increasingly held Congress in low esteem…. – CS Monitor, 6-29-12
451 29-Jun H R 4348 On Agreeing to the Conference Report P To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs, and for other purposes
450 29-Jun H R 5972 On Passage P Making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes
449 29-Jun H R 5972 On Motion to Recommit with Instructions F Making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes
448 29-Jun H R 5972 On Agreeing to the Amendment A Denham of California Amendment No. 9
447 29-Jun H R 5972 On Agreeing to the Amendment A Lankford of Oklahoma Amendment
446 29-Jun H R 5972 On Agreeing to the Amendment A McClintock of California Amendment No. 13
445 29-Jun H R 5972 On Agreeing to the Amendment F Blackburn of Tennessee Amendment
444 29-Jun H RES 717 On Agreeing to the Resolution P Providing for consideration of H.R. 5856, Defense Appropriations for FY 2013; consideration of H.R. 6020, Financial Services and General Government Appropriations for FY 2013; consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II
443 29-Jun H RES 718 On Motion to Table P Raising a question of the privileges of the House
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