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Friday, May 09, 2008

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.


13 Comments:

at 1:25 PM, May 09, 2008 Anonymous Jane said...

This isn't new. Republicans regularly vote against mothers. How about that SCHIP vote, Chabot? Family leave, sick pay, head start... All of these help mothers. But the GOP could care less. Yeah, family values.

 
at 2:42 PM, May 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

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First they were for it, then they are against it ?

Typical foot-tapping, flip-flopping, wRong wingnut whackos !

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 3:30 PM, May 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS AIN'T NEW. REPUBLICANS REGULARLY VOTE AGAINST MOTHERS. HOW ABOUT DAT SCHIP VOTE, CHABOT? FAMILY JET, SICK PAY, HEAD START... ALL O' DEEZ HE`P MOTHERS. BUT DA GOP COULD CARE LESS. YEAH, FAMILY VALUES. YA'LL IS MAD STUPID.

 
at 4:58 PM, May 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

First dey wuz fo' it, then dey iz against it ?

Typical foot-tapping, flip-flopping, wRong wingnut whackos !

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 ! brace yourself foo'!

 
at 6:32 PM, May 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Malia if you reported on anything other than gossip politics you would have known the Republicans were using every legislative motion they could to bring attention to the Democrats one-sided role of governing.

When will we see an article out of of you that actually discusses what goes on in the House or Senate.

 
at 9:37 PM, May 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great original reporting.

 
at 11:02 PM, May 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Malia Rulon is actually reporting on the Republicans' obstructionist shenanigans for once.

I've criticized you for some of your "fluff" pieces in the past, Ms Rulon. But you've pleasantly surprised me today.

Good job!

 
at 5:40 AM, May 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this is how Congress does business?

No wonder so many things in this country are a mess right now.

I have to wonder why any reasonable person would spend the time that it actually takes to run for COngress when this is a perfect example of what they have to look forward to should they be "lucky" enough to win.

Is there any normal, everyday, non-political person out there who offers hope for a better tomorrow for millions of American people or do we just have to settle for the joke of a US Congress that we have right now?

 
at 1:56 PM, May 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

democrats on the enquirer boards are demented.

 
at 10:25 PM, May 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are moms possible terrorists?

http://www.cincinnatidealer.com/content/view/658/27/

 
at 8:37 AM, May 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of you are confusing a blog with the news ...

 
at 2:01 PM, May 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jane = cincycappell = cheviot sports idiot

= libtard loser

 
at 6:07 PM, May 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, don't vote on tax cuts or any type of reform...even if only to show some good faith.

This is why nothing has gotten done over the past 8 years and won't for a long time to come. R's did nothing with the majority when they had it...now they want us to send them back.

Go to hell, all of you.

 
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