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(APN) ATLANTA 32 US House Representatives have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors of H. Res 635, which would create a Select Committee to look into the grounds for recommending President Bush 's impeachment, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

Their co-sponsorships of H. Res 635 come on the heels of reports that US Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) will support US Senator Russ Feingold 's (D-WI) bill, S. Res 398, to censure President Bush.

The two latest co-sponsors of H. Res 635 are US Rep. David Wu (D-OR) and US Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN).

"Because of my concern, and that of many of my constituents, regarding the misleading and fraudulent intelligence used by the Bush administration to present its case for war in Iraq, I decided to cosponsor H. Res 635 introduced by Representative John Conyers, " Wu said in a statement prepared for Atlanta Progressive News.

US Rep. Wu has held a series of Town Hall events focusing on the war in Iraq in his House district, the Congressman 's spokesperson said. At these events, numerous constituents brought up the bill for H. Res 635, Wu 's spokesperson noted, adding that Wu voted against the resolution for the authorization for the use of force in Iraq, and he has always questioned Bush 's justification for the US invasion of Iraq.

US Rep. McCollum was attending events in her House district and was not available for immediate comment.

"There has been massive support for House Resolution 635 from a very vigorous network of grassroots activists and people committed to holding the Bush Administration accountable for its widespread abuses of power, " US Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) said in a statement prepared for Atlanta Progressive News.
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"The Atlanta Progressive News has reported regularly on this bill, " Conyers wrote in an article on his blog.

Meanwhile, other mainstream media outlets are finally beginning to discover what we 've been reporting since December 2005. Unfortunately, articles from the New York Times, Associated Press, and Boston Globe, have contained misleading or outright incorrect assertions.

The Associated Press updated one article after a call from Atlanta Progressive News, where it had erroneously reported the content of H. Res 635. The New York Times today and Boston Globe yesterday reported inaccurate or misleading counts of the number of co-sponsors. The Times had said "about two dozen, " which is not a very good way to describe 32. The Globe made an understandable error, citing 29 supporters, when there had been in fact 29 co-sponsors, plus Conyers, the original sponsor, made 30, at the time.

The New York Times piece was also highly slanted, focusing on the likelihood that calls for looking into the grounds for Bush 's impeachment or for Bush 's censure would rally the Republican base. The Times neglects to mention the possibility of rallying the Democratic base. It also opts out of discussing the possible merits of the bill.

Meanwhile, at least eight (8) US cities, including Arcata, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco, each in California; and Brookfield, Dummerston, Marlboro, Newfane, and Putney, each in Vermont, have passed resolutions calling for Bush 's impeachment.
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Almost 16% of US House Democrats now support the impeachment probe; over 7% of all US House Representatives now support the probe. In December 2005, there were 231 Republicans in the US House, 202 Democrats, 1 Independent, and 1 vacancy, a clerk for the US House of Representatives told Atlanta Progressive News.

The best represented states on H. Res 635 are California (7), New York (6), Massachusetts (3), Minnesota (3), Georgia (2), and Wisconsin (2).

The current 30 total co-sponsors are Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), Rep. John Olver (D-MA), Rep. Major Owens (D-NY), Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Martin Sabo (D-MN), Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Fortney Pete Stark (D-CA), Rep. John Tierney (D-MA), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), and Rep. David Wu (D-OR).

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Matthew Cardinale is Editor of Atlanta Progressive News. He has written previously for the Sun-Sentinel Newspaper, Shelterforce Magazine, The Advocate Magazine, The San Francisco Bay View, and the Berkeley Daily Planet Newspaper. He has also (more...)
 

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