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108 House Democrats co-sponsor Gonzales 'no confidence' motion
Michael Roston
Published: Wednesday May 23, 2007
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The number of Congress members co-sponsoring a vote of no confidence for the Attorney General mushroomed to 108 within 48 hours of the introduction of the resolution by Reps. Adam Schiff (CA) and Artur Davis (AL) on Monday. Several prominent Democratic leaders are included on the list of Representatives who are seeking the legislative rebuke and subsequent resignation of Alberto Gonzales.

"The extraordinary support for this House resolution so soon after introduction reflects an emerging consensus in Congress and across the country: Mr. Gonzales should step down," said Rep. Schiff in a statement released to RAW STORY. "The Justice Department needs a strong and independent voice, and someone of unimpeachable credibility. We must reluctantly conclude that the current Attorney General does not fit the bill."

"I am encouraged that a steadily rising number of our colleagues want the House to assert itself in this debate, and I am pleased that they recognize that the institutional crisis at the Department of Justice demands a no confidence resolution," added Rep. Davis in the statement.

Schiff and Davis's release indicated that 108 House members had sponsored the bill. The current list on the Library of Congress's Thomas database only included 107 at press time.

But some major Democratic leaders were included on the list: Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), who helped shape the strategy to return the Democrats to the majority in November 2006; Rep. Charles Rangel, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee; Rep. David Obey, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee; Rep. Louise Slaughter, Chairwoman of the Rules Committee; Rep. Henry Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; Rep. Ellen Tauscher, Chair of the New Democrat Coalition; and, Reps. Barbara Lee and Lynn Woolsey, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

However, no Republican Members of Congress are accounted for within the list of co-sponsors at this time.

A list of the co-sponsors from Thomas is presented below.

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  Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Allen, Thomas H. [ME-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Altmire, Jason [PA-4] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Becerra, Xavier [CA-31] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Berry, Marion [AR-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Boren, Dan [OK-2] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Boucher, Rick [VA-9] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Cardoza, Dennis A. [CA-18] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-11] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Chandler, Ben [KY-6] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Costa, Jim [CA-20] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Davis, Artur [AL-7] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] - 5/22/2007
  Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Dingell, John D. [MI-15] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Emanuel, Rahm [IL-5] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Hall, John J. [NY-19] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-27] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Klein, Ron [FL-22] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-12] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-18] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-9] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] - 5/22/2007
  Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] - 5/22/2007
  Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] - 5/22/2007
  Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Meehan, Martin T. [MA-5] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Meek, Kendrick B. [FL-17] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Murphy, Patrick J. [PA-8] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Obey, David R. [WI-7] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-8] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-34] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Solis, Hilda L. [CA-32] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. [CA-10] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-1] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] - 5/21/2007
  Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Watt, Melvin L. [NC-12] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Welch, Peter [VT] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] - 5/22/2007
  Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 5/22/2007