Texas Republicans are applauding the US House vote to hold US Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

Gov. Rick Perry issued this statement:

"The U.S. House of Representatives today sent a clear message that it will not allow the Obama Administration to hide its lawless, reckless and deadly actions from the American public. The American people deserve to know what they are hiding, how high this lawlessness goes and why the President’s lawyer and best friend is stonewalling.

“I have long called for General Holder’s resignation over his involvement in the botched Fast and Furious scandal that led to the tragic death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. General Holder’s blatant attempts to mislead members of Congress and the American people, paired with his relentless crusade to erode states’ rights, have cost him the trust of this nation, and must be stopped.”

Here’s the response from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst:

"The decision by the House of Representatives to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is just another reminder of how President Obama and his Administration have failed the American people. It has become obvious this Administration has forsaken transparency in order to shamefully cover up their Fast and Furious gun-running operation that provided weapons to Mexican firearm smugglers. Americans deserve to know the truth and, until President Obama and Mr. Holder stop obfuscating and hiding behind executive orders, we will never know the truth behind a reckless program that has cost the life of at least one American."