Thursday, January 6, 2011

2 Republicans voted before they took the oath of office

Source: Bloomberg

"Despite being in Washington, Congressmen-elect Pete Sessions (TX) and Mike Fitzpatrick (PA) missed being sworn into Congress yesterday. Not being sworn in and technically not being Members of Congress didn't stop Pete Sessions or Mike Fitzpatrick from voting all day yesterday and today or participating in reading the U.S. Constitution on the House floor today."

The Huffington Post also reported that Sessions and Fitzpatrick were "glad-handing" supporters at a fundraising event in the Capitol Visitor Center when the House swearing in began. House ethics rules forbid fundraising in the Capitol.

So basically, these two members of the House violated Constitutional law by voting without being properly sworn in, and they violated House rules by holding a fundraser at the Capitol. What a great way to start the 112th Congress.
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