House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, joined her Congressional Black Caucus colleagues and announced on the House floor that she would boycott the contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder.
“Just when you think you’ve seen it all. Just when you think they couldn’t possibly go any further over the edge, they come up with something like this. It’s stunning. It truly is… It’s stunning,” Minority Leader Pelosi said. “It stops you in your tracks. And how far will they go? Have they a limit? Apparently not.”
“Perhaps that’s the best approach for [Democrats] to take,” said Rep. Pelosi as she praised CBC members for their “ethics” and plan for the vote boycott. On Thursday evening, black lawmakers met and put together a “walkout” strategy, reports National Journal. “I will join our CBC colleagues and boycott this vote,” she later said.
It should be noted that 217 House members are required for any transaction or resolution to happen on the House floor. There are currently 242 Republicans and 191 Democrats. Such a walkout would be politically symbolic at best.