The Rules Committee voted 8-4 on Wednesday to send to the House floor a measure on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
The party-line vote on the closed rule provides 25 minutes of debate for Republicans and 25 minutes for Democrats.
Before voting no, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., made a brief statement.
"Mr. Chairman if we do this history will judge us harshly," he said.
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