Saturday, May 10, 2008

More on Bachmann's hypocrisy: Mother's Day Edition

We've all seen the reports of Congresswoman Bachmann being anti-earmark before she supported (or at least took credit for) an earmark for St Cloud Metro Bus.

Keep in mind, Bachmann actually voted against the bill on Congress, but takes credit for the earmark anyway.

Yesterday the Washington Post had a column with the headline of the year!

"Republicans Vote Against Moms; No Word Yet on Puppies, Kittens"
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.

It has long been the custom to compare a popular piece of legislation to motherhood and apple pie. Evidently, that is no longer the standard. Worse, Republicans are now confronted with a John Kerry-esque predicament: They actually voted for motherhood before they voted against it.

This is the actual language of the bill.

H. Res. 1113
In the House of Representatives, U. S.,
May 7, 2008.

Whereas Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of each May;

Whereas the first official Mother's Day was observed on May 10, 1908, in Grafton, West Virginia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;

Whereas 2008 is the 100th anniversary of the first official Mother's Day observation;

Whereas in 1908, Elmer Burkett, a U.S. senator from Nebraska, proposed making Mother's Day a national holiday;

Whereas in 1914, Congress passed a resolution designating the second Sunday of May as Mother's Day;

Whereas it is estimated that there are more than 82,000,000 mothers in the United States;

Whereas mothers have made immeasurable contributions toward building strong families, thriving communities, and ultimately a strong Nation;

Whereas the services rendered to the children of the United States by their mothers have strengthened and inspired the Nation throughout its history;

Whereas we honor ourselves and mothers in the United States when we revere and emphasize the importance of the role of the home and family as the true foundation of the Nation;

Whereas mothers continue to rise to the challenge of raising their families with love, understanding, and compassion, while overcoming the challenges of modern society; and

Whereas May 11, 2008 is recognized as Mother's Day: Now, therefore, be it

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.
Bachmann, Kline, and every other member of Congress voted for this bill originally.
In continuing their trivial slowing of the political process, a Republican Congressman from Kansas moved to reconsider the vote. In another glowing question of "What's the matter with Kansas", Congress proceeded to reconsider a vote on celebrating Mother's Day.
A motion to table the "reconsider motion" passed 237-178. Bachmann and Kline voted against the motion.
So, either they were just going along with their GOP colleagues (minus Ramstad) and trying to impede progress in Congress, again.
They don't support Mother's Day.
So, Happy Mother's Day...even if Bachmann or Kline don't want you to recognize this special day.
Ollie at Bluestem has great coverage on this as well!

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