More than 100 Democrats left the House floor before the vote, but 17 moderate Democrats stayed behind and joined with Republicans in voting for contempt, robbing the Obama administration and congressional Democrats of its main argument that the vote was a blatant partisan maneuver to discredit Holder and the White House in an election year.
All but one of the 17 Democrats has previously been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, which said it would be tracking Thursday’s vote in determining future endorsements. In a letter to lawmakers last week, the NRA said, “It is no secret that the NRA does not admire Attorney General Holder.” But the gun rights group said it supported the contempt resolution because the Justice Department was obstructing a congressional investigation.
So which Democrats voted for contempt? And which Republicans bucked the party line? Check out the listings below — with links to each’s members bio pages from The Washington Post Congressional Votes Database.
ON THE HOLDER CRIMINAL CONTEMPT CHARGE:
Final vote count: 255 to 67. According to the Office of the House Republican Whip, 110 members did not vote; 108 were Democrats and two were Republicans.
Two Republicans voted no, or against the Holder criminal contempt charge:
One Democrat voted present:
17 Democrats voted yes — with most Republicans — to hold Holder in criminal contempt. A * denotes a previous NRA endorsement:
ON THE HOLDER CIVIL CONTEMPT CHARGE:
Final vote count: 258 to 95. According to the office of the House Majority Whip, 75 members did not vote and five members voted present.
Five Democrats voted present on the civil contempt charge:
Twenty-one Democrats voted yes — with all Republicans — on the Holder civil contempt charge:
Ron Barber (D-Ariz.)
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