It seems obvious to me, but when you have a party celebrating your first day as a Congressman, you might want to schedule it for AFTER the swearing in… you know, when you actually become a Congressman.
House GOP leaders learned today that two of its members — Texas Rep. Pete Sessions and freshman Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — weren’t on the House floor yesterday during the official swearing-in ceremony.
According to the Morning Call’s Colby Itkowitz, the two were hanging out at a shindig celebrating Fitzpatrick’s first day in Congress when they looked up and noticed on TV that the oath was being administered.
Apparently, this could invalidate every vote taken so far, including the roll call to elect John Boehner as Speaker, and (I assume) the vote approving the new House rules (yes, I know it’s NPR, but it’s actually the most neutral article I could find with a short search). The Republicans are looking to work a way around it, but that would require a unanimous vote. Somehow, I don’t think the Democrats are going to let that happen.
Way to go, guys.
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[Source: The Ticket, a Yahoo! News Blog, retrieved 1/6/11]