By proposing what amounts to a publicly-funded national voucher program in his State of the Union speech last night, President Bush is adding insult to the injury he has done to public schools over the last seven years. Programs such as the $300 million initiative Bush proposed further weaken already-struggling urban public schools by diverting tax dollars to religious and other private schools.
This week has seen mounting recognition from different corners of the country that voucher systems fail to serve the interests of the nation’s children.
The House Judiciary Committee today voted along party lines to recommend that the full house hold White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former legal counselor Harriet Miers in contempt of Congress. Under direction from President Bush, Miers refused to appear before the committee last week, and both officials have refused to hand over documents relevant to the improper firing of nine U.S. Attorneys last year, despite subpoenas issued by the committee.
This week, the United States Senate is expected to vote on LGBT inclusive hate crimes legislation with bipartisan support. The bill would allow federal law enforcement to assist in the prosecution of violent hate crimes when local officials cannot or will not take action.
More than 48,000 petitions calling for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign or be removed from office were delivered to Capitol Hill today. Collected by People For the American Way, the petitions were delivered to the office of Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who is one of the lead sponsors of a resolution expressing a lack of confidence in the Attorney General.
Opposition in the United States Senate today refused to hold Alberto Gonzales accountable for his actions as Attorney General. A majority of Republicans, joined by independent Joe Lieberman, voted to turn a blind eye to the wrongdoing of Mr. Gonzales.
At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, former interim U.S. Attorney Bradley Schlozman refused to take responsibility for his role in the politicization of the Department of Justice. Schlozman, who headed the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ before being appointed interim U.S. Attorney for Western Missouri, battled memory lapses while revealing that he may have bragged about the number of Republican lawyers he hired, and presented flimsy excuses in the face of other allegations.