TLP: Rules Are For Suckers
Typical. The WSJ posts a story about how the U.S. House dealt with two slacker congressman who skipped taking their oaths of office to go to a reception and some asshat tries to deflect the stupidity with more stupidity.
WSJ Washington Wire:
The House has the power to rewrite history – at least its own.To that, "Eye on the ball" comments: "When is Maxine Waters going to be tried? Has the Rangel sentence been executed?" Like the questionably sleazy actions of those two Democrats have anything to do with two arrogant Republican pricks going off to do what they wanted and taking their oaths by teevee. From here, it looks like disregard for the institution is delightfully non-partisan.
Members voted Friday to wipe the record clean of votes that Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Pete Sessions of Texas cast this week without being properly sworn in as members of the 112th Congress.
Both Republicans missed the official swearing ceremony on Wednesday because they were attending a reception in the Capitol Visitor Center for Mr. Fitzpatrick’s constituents from Bucks County, Pa. The guidebook for House procedures, written by Thomas Jefferson, says all members need to be in the “proximity” of the speaker when they take their oath. By leaving the House chamber, Messrs. Fitzpatrick and Sessions technically rendered invalid speeches they made or bills they introduced or co-sponsored later in the week.
The pair took their formal oaths of office Thursday. And on Friday, the House voted to amend the official records. Lawmakers passed a resolution that invalidated any votes either cast before being officially sworn in, including ratifying the new rules of operation for the House. But the resolution allowed the lawmakers to maintain their sponsorship of bills and any other official acts.
Even better, the WSJ reports, was that when the vote was taken to fix the record, Fitzpatrick and Sessions voted, "present." Hey, it's a start.