What Fresh Hell Is This?

May 13, 2008

Mother's Day Vote

Now this is weird. This is from the Washington Post:

It was already shaping up to be a difficult year for congressional Republicans. Now, on the cusp of Mother's Day, comes this: A majority of the House GOP has voted against motherhood.

On Wednesday afternoon, the House had just voted, 412 to 0, to pass H. Res. 1113, "Celebrating the role of mothers in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Mother's Day," when Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), rose in protest.

"Mr. Speaker, I move to reconsider the vote," he announced.

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), who has two young daughters, moved to table Tiahrt's request, setting up a revote. This time, 178 Republicans cast their votes against mothers.

Here's the Resolution in question. It starts with a number of sentences that begin with a "Whereas..." and ends with:
Resolved, That the House of Representatives celebrates the role of mothers in the United States and supports the goals and ideals of Mother's Day.
And here's the vote to table the resolution. Curious about which Republicans from Pennsylvania voted against motherhood and Mother's Day?? Here's how they voted:

Phil English (PA-3) was among the 178
John Peterson (PA-5) was among the 178
Jim Gerlach (PA-6) was among the 178
Bill Shuster (PA-9) was among the 178
Charlie Dent (PA-15) was among the 178
Joseph Pitts (PA-16) was among the 178
Tim Murphy (PA-18) was among the 178
Todd Platt (PA-19) was among the 178

I think I got them all. Notice anything? It's the entire list of House Republicans from Pennsylvania.

Please, please, PLEASE someone tell me I made a mistake and that there's at least one House Republican from PA who wasn't a part of this stunt.

And considering the initial vote was unanimous, all those guys voted for Mother's Day before they voted against it.

UPDATE: I fixed the broken link.


Anonymous said...

But why? followed the link and the info was not there. Tell me why? Are they going to the same for Dad?

Bram Reichbaum said...

The link to the resolution is not working, but I bet that there was language also acknowledging mothers in nontraditional families.