GOP Rep. introduces bill that would cut off Eric Holder’s government paycheck

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If Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, has his way, Attorney General Eric Holder will not receive a government paycheck.  Neither will anyone else who has been found in contempt of Congress, the Daily Caller reported Wednesday.

Farenthold’s bill, known as the “Contempt Act” would prohibit anyone found in contempt of Congress from receiving a taxpayer-funded check if passed into law.  In 2012, Holder was found in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents relating to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.

“In 2012, the House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting operation — despite this fact, he is still receiving his paycheck courtesy of American taxpayers,” Farenthold said.

Last week, Farenthold alluded to the measure during a contentious hearing with the attorney general:  “If he continues to refuse to resign, my bill would at least prevent hardworking American taxpayers from paying his salary.”

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