Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Will Not Vote for Resolution Of Disapproval Continues Push for Censure of Rep. Steve King

Jan 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement announcing he will not vote for a resolution of disapproval of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and will continue his push for censure:

“While I strongly condemn white supremacy and white nationalism, my position remains unchanged.  Anything short of censure is shallow.  Steve King has made a career of making racist statements.  That is the only thing he is known for and this pattern of rabid racism must be confronted head on by the House of Representatives.  This resolution just restates the obvious.  It does not address Steve King’s violent, vitriolic, and rabid racism.  This Democratic resolution is an insult to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. as we recognize his birthday.  We must proceed with a vote to censure him with the same zeal that the House used when censuring Charlie Rangel.  Yesterday, the notice I provided of my privileged resolution to formally censure the Member from Iowa, started the clock for a floor vote to punish him for his bigotry and racism.  We need to be clear to the American people that we use condemnation to express our disapproval of those not in the House.  We use censure for those in the House, Steve King is a sitting member.”

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