After overcoming an attempted sandbagging by members of the Republican leadership, at about nine o’clock Tuesday night, the House of Representatives of Rhode Island overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the repeal of the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012.
The measure’s primary sponsor was state Representative Dan Gordon, Jr. In an interview with The New American, Representative Gordon said that at the last minute as the vote on his anti-NDAA resolution was about to be taken, the House Minority Leader, Representative Brian Newberry, called for the measure to be “resubmitted,” claiming that it was inappropriate for the Rhode Island House to be considering federal matters.
Gordon reports that the move was orchestrated by Newberry and three cohorts, a “cabal,” as Gordon calls them, that has experience in this type of legislative legerdemain.
Newberry’s call to resubmit the resolution was rejected and the House went on to pass Gordon’s bill (H. 7916) by a vote of 52-15.
For his part, Representative Gordon is accustomed to battling even those in his own party. In May, Gordon left the Republican Party Caucus over what he describes as “shenanigans” among party leadership, as well as his refusal to go along with unconstitutional measures sponsored by caucus leaders.
Click here to read the entire article.
Photos: Rep. Dan Gordon, Jr.; the Rhode Island Statehouse