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Waxman Scratches Contempt Votes

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on Friday scratched a scheduled vote on contempt charges against two senior Bush administration officials after the White House invoked executive privilege to withhold documents the committee had sought.

“I want to talk with my colleagues on both sides about this new development and consider all our options before deciding how we should proceed,” Waxman said.

The panel was to vote on a resolution naming both Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson and Susan Dudley, the administrator of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, in contempt of the Congress.

The complaint centers on the Bush administration’s refusal to turn over documents to the committee outlining its decision to deny California a waiver to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a separate decision blocking stricter ozone standards.

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