“I think it’s an affront to the president and the State Department what the speaker did.” Ha!
Via The Hill:
Leading members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are lining up to skip a coming speech by the prime minister of Israel.
Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon, and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), the chairman of the CBC, said they won’t attend Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech before Congress to protest Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) decision to invite the prime minister without first consulting President Obama, according to The Associated Press.“I think it’s an affront to the president and the State Department what the speaker did,” Lewis told the AP.
The lawmakers emphasized that they are not organizing a formal boycott, but had made the personal decision to steer clear of the speech.
“The only thing I can control is my attendance,” Butterfield told the AP.
Brenda Jones, a spokeswoman for Lewis, confirmed that the lawmaker is not planning to attend the speech, adding that the decision was not a boycott.