Two House Republicans violate Constitution, House rules on day 1

by Joan McCarter

Fri Jan 07, 2011 at 08:51:31 AM PST

So you might have heard that two GOP representatives violated the Constitution yesterday, the day the Constitution was being read on the House floor. Here’s what happened.

WASHINGTON — Two House Republicans have cast votes as members of the 112th Congress, but were not sworn in on Wednesday, a violation of the Constitution on the same day that the GOP had the document read from the podium.

The Republicans, incumbent Pete Sessions of Texas and freshman Mike Fitzpatrick, missed the swearing in because they were at a fundraiser in the Capitol Visitors Center. The pair watched the swearing-in on television from the Capitol Visitors Center with their hands raised….

The Bucks County Courier Times said that roughly 500 Fitzpatrick supporters were on hand at the gathering. Fitzpatrick’s campaign had solicited contributions for a bus trip to the Capitol and “Mike Fitzpatrick’s Swearing In Celebration.”

Sessions is head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, responsible for fundraising for GOP candidates….

There is no provision in the Constitution for a remote swearing-in by television.

Hey, guess what? Holding a fundraiser in the Capitol could be both unethical and illegal, according to the Committee on Standards and Ethics. And, in fact, the Capitol Visitor Center says in the document outlining its official uses, “Visitor Center space may not be used for any fund-raising purpose…. Visitor Center space may not be used for political activities, including political campaign, political party, or political action committee activities.” That’s the rules.

Fitzpatrick’s spokesperson says it wasn’t a fundraiser, but they just charted a $30 fee for “transportation costs for the festivities.” Nonetheless, the event was sponsored by the Fitzpatrick campaign, which sure makes it seem like a massive violation of the rules.,-House-rules-on-day-1?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dailykos%2Findex+%28Daily+Kos%29

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If you can’t eat it or play with it,

just pee on it and walk away.


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