Happy Mother's Day?
In a weird procedural move this week, House Republicans, including several Cincinnati lawmakers, seemingly voted for motherhood before sort of voting against it.
The whole strategy is a bit confusing, but essentially, everyone in the House voted (412-0) to pass the seemingly uncontroversial H. Res. 113, "Celebrating the role of mothers in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Mother's Day."
Then Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas asked for the vote to be taken again and recorded.
“Mr. Speaker, I ask for a recorded vote because I’m sure every member wants their mother to know that they have supported the goals of Mother’s Day,” he said.
That's when Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., asked to table Tiahrt's call for a do-over vote.
So in the vote over whether or not to table Tiahrt's call for the do-over vote on mothers, local GOP Reps. John Boehner, Steve Chabot, Jean Schmidt, Mike Turner and Geoff Davis all voted "no," as in they did not want to set aside the call for the do-over vote.
Then, if you are still following this mess, Republicans called to adjourn, which would have left the Mother's Day resolution without action. And in that vote, Boehner, Schmidt and Chabot voted to adjourn.
Asked about the GOP strategy later, Boehner said: “Oh, we just wanted to make sure that everyone was on record in support of Mother’s Day.”
CLICK HERE to read The Washington Post's take on what happened.
And, to watch the whole melee unfold, CLICK HERE, courtesy of Think Progress.