House Republicans staged a walkout protest today over Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership's decision to let an act that expands the government’s surveillance powers expire.
Republican leader John Boehner (R-OH) said that the decision of the House to debate a contempt resolution involving former White House officials, instead of beginning work on the Protect America Act, jeopardizes national security. The Act passed in the Senate earlier this week.
Pelosi and the Democratic leadership believe there isn’t enough time to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House versions of the act. Boehner said the House Republicans would stay in Washington as long as necessary to finish the bill.
Was the walkout justified? Does this call attention to the bill in a productive way? Would you have walked out, too?