Um, how does one go about responding to a speech you petutantly refuse to attend?
A group of Democratic lawmakers boycotting Tuesday’s congressional appearance by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plan on issuing a public response to the Israeli leader’s speech, a spokesman said Monday.
Representatives Steve Cohen and John Yarmuth will issue the response the controversial speech, in which Netanyahu is expected to make the case against a nuclear deal between the US and Iran.
The rebuttal will also be attended by Representatives David Price, Jan Schakowsky, Lloyd Doggett, Earl Blumenauer, Betty McCollum, Rep. Peter Welch and others.
The planned address to Congress has infuriated the White House and prominent Democrats because it was set up by congressional Republicans without consulting with the president, violating usual protocol.
Some 60 lawmakers, including several senators, plan on skipping the address to both houses of Congress, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. Washington time.
The response is scheduled for an hour and a half later.
On Monday night, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren added her name to the list of those boycotting the speech.
Who wants to bet Obama has a hastily-scheduled press conference to coincide with Netanyahu’s speech?
Dems are planning a "response" to Bibi's speech. How do you respond to a speech you refuse to listen to? Nonsense http://t.co/QnWiXVdEvy
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) March 3, 2015