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Two House Republicans Skipped Swearing-In to Meet with Political Donors
The Blaze ^ | 1/7/10 | Meredith Jessup

Posted on 01/06/2011 9:36:21 PM PST by American Dream 246

Two Republican members of Congress have come under scrutiny after skipping the House of Representatives’ swearing in ceremony Wednesday to meet with political donors at the Capitol Visitors Center. The gaffe is gaining critical traction among liberals who point out that the U.S. Constitution requires members to be sworn in before casting votes.

Sessions and Fitzpatrick watch the swear-in on television in the Capitol Visitors Center (Image: Bucks County Courier Times)

On Thursday, Rep. Pete Sessions made a motion to open debate on the GOP‘s plan to repeal the Obama administration’s 2010 health care overhaul — an action that can only be taken by an official member of Congress. Sessions, however, missed Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony while he and fellow Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick attended a fundraiser.

“That wasn’t planned. It just worked out that way,” Fitzpatrick said Wednesday. According to the Bucks County Courier Times, about 500 Fitzpatrick supporters were in attendance Wednesday for “Mike Fitzpatrick’s Swearing In Ceremony.”

Sessions currently serves as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP’s campaign and fundraising organization.

Though Sessions and Fitzpatrick watched the House swearing-in ceremony on television in the Capitol Visitors Center with their hands raised, the Huffington Post points out that there is no provision in the Constitution that allows for a remote swearing-in.

Though the Huffington Post has characterized the even as a “fundraiser” and a website advertising the event said admittance was $30, Rep. Fitzpatrick’s office told The Blaze Thursday that the event was free to the public. “There was no fee to attend the event,” Fitzpatrick spokesman Darren Smith said. “Some people paid $30 for bus transportation to Washington, but the event was open to anyone who showed up, including several hundred people who drove down on their own.” By law, political fundraising is not allowed on capitol grounds.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 112th; congress; fitzpatrick; gop; nrcc; oath; palin; republicans; sessions
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1 posted on 01/06/2011 9:36:27 PM PST by American Dream 246
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To: American Dream 246
the Huffington Post points out that there is no provision in the Constitution that allows for a remote swearing-in.

Wow, the Huffington Post demanding that Congressmen follow the Constitution! Maybe there's hope yet.

In the interim any votes cast by these Bozos should not be counted until they have been officially sworn in.

2 posted on 01/06/2011 9:39:21 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: American Dream 246

Frankly, this stinks. What in the hell were these two bozos thinking. God almighty!


3 posted on 01/06/2011 9:40:24 PM PST by onedoug
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To: American Dream 246

There are more than 2 retarded GOPer ‘critters (**cough** **cough** Fred Upton **cough** **cough**)


4 posted on 01/06/2011 9:41:28 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: American Dream 246

Inside the beltway, political establishment. We have to look at deeds, not words, and remember in 2012.


5 posted on 01/06/2011 9:42:15 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: PhiloBedo

The deed begins with the words. It´s inexcusable.


6 posted on 01/06/2011 9:43:58 PM PST by onedoug
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To: P-Marlowe

Only when they are republicans - don’t care about the Constitution if they were democrats. and remember - the new editor at the Blaze come from Huffington...what was Beck thinking???


7 posted on 01/06/2011 9:44:59 PM PST by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: American Dream 246

What kind of site is the blaze??


8 posted on 01/06/2011 9:46:53 PM PST by bushpilot1
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To: American Dream 246

Well, there is precedence for “deeming”. Let’s “deem” them sworn in. Why do Republicans, especially seasoned Congressional legislators give the left this kind of ammunition? Sheeeesh....


9 posted on 01/06/2011 9:49:43 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: bushpilot1

It’s associated with Glen Beck. Sort of a mix between Drudge and the Huffpo for the right. I am guessing.


10 posted on 01/06/2011 9:49:58 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: American Dream 246
He screwed the pouch big time. Stupid dope. And we have so few so called Republicans operating out of Philly and the neighboring counties. It pisses me off. No use writing him a letter. He probably doesn't care.
Meanwhile the new 112 Congress is making headway in abolishing and closing down some of the czars and holding the gun finally to the energy department. None on our side can afford to be out of line in the slightest. Straight shooters, honest and forthright is required from now on. I hope they all do view this web site.
11 posted on 01/06/2011 9:54:32 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: onedoug

Two more Rs who deserve a primary challenge. And they should apologize to their constituents and colleagues for being stupid.


12 posted on 01/06/2011 9:54:46 PM PST by bigbob
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To: American Dream 246
.....and you're surprised???

There is a reason they are called POLITICIANS!!!

13 posted on 01/06/2011 9:57:57 PM PST by Roccus
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To: bigbob

Meanwhile, when are these two idiots going to be sworn in?


14 posted on 01/06/2011 9:59:28 PM PST by onedoug
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To: American Dream 246
The gaffe is gaining critical traction among liberals who point out that the U.S. Constitution requires members to be sworn in before casting votes.

The rats wouldn't know what was in the Constitution if we hadn't read it to them.

15 posted on 01/06/2011 10:01:15 PM PST by Once-Ler (ProLife ProGun ProGod ProSoldier ProBusiness Republican for Palin)
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To: onedoug

right. You do not miss your swearing in ceremony no matter how important you may think you are. They need to scrub some garbage cans for a while. When they get tired of that, they need to start doing push ups until they feel like scrubbing some more garbage cans.


16 posted on 01/06/2011 10:07:48 PM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!!)
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To: onedoug

Frankly, this stinks. What in the hell were these two bozos thinking. God almighty!” _________________________________

Have to agree with you. The learning curve today was a little embarrassing on two or three well lighted occasions, unfortunately. We obviously have the people’s people in office because even the old timers left their brains at home. No finess whatsoever on these occasions, as Ned with the the first reader. Hopefully, Congress will begin soon to govern like the winners campaigned, or else they won’t.


17 posted on 01/06/2011 10:14:52 PM PST by RitaOK
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To: American Dream 246

Time to dump these two idiots!


18 posted on 01/06/2011 10:15:47 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips Sink Ships)
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To: onedoug
Meanwhile, when are these two idiots going to be sworn in?

I'm fed up with this cavalier political crap. Based on their irresponsible conduct, I'd be inclined to tell them to go F-off and not come back. No loss since, they'd most likely vote with Dems anyway.

In other news... Boehner was caught crying over the fiasco.

19 posted on 01/06/2011 10:16:03 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: RC one

>>right. You do not miss your swearing in ceremony no matter how important you may think you are.<<

Yep — we do NOT want to start this new shift from a position of arrogance. That was how the democrats governed and saw the world and why they are out on their liberal commie butts.

I expect this Congress to look HARD at the opportunity it has been granted and act accordingly. When Republicans ran the WH and Congress they screwed up so badly that we are still paying.

This kind of behavior is NOT in keeping with the new attitude we need so badly.

I hope someone takes these guys to the woodshed...


20 posted on 01/06/2011 10:18:28 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: Once-Ler
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I'd suggest that all the 'critters need to take a practical test on the content of the Constitution and get at least a 90% before being allowed to vote.

21 posted on 01/06/2011 10:30:13 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Once-Ler
"the U.S. Constitution requires members to be sworn in before casting votes"

I'd suggest that all the 'critters need to take a practical test on the content of the Constitution and get at least a 90% before being allowed to vote.

22 posted on 01/06/2011 10:30:46 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: American Dream 246
This is ridiculous. I hope these two grinning idiots get a full load of S@#t from the leadership.

Fitzpatrick is on thin ice as it is, just knocking off Murphy and retaking a seat that used to be his. People are lukewarm to him, they just hated Murphy way more.


23 posted on 01/06/2011 10:38:56 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: freedumb2003
I hope someone takes these guys to the woodshed...

Do you have a telephone?

24 posted on 01/06/2011 10:50:08 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: onedoug

It is so easy for Tv and the media to demonize Republican politicians on the first day they are in office because idiots take the TV, Media brainwashing and smears bait easily.

Boehner had barely touched the gavel and he was being demonized by the press and attacked by GE/NBC’s Brian Williams who is a big phony like anyone on TV.. Keep watching TV idiots and taking the elites/left bait and brainwashing.


25 posted on 01/06/2011 10:53:59 PM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: P-Marlowe

They say these guys are illegit eh. Well how about Obamas Birth Cert. Can we get a remote viewing of the real one?


26 posted on 01/06/2011 10:56:38 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Beware the Big Government Media Complex)
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To: Frantzie

The Press is just the Democrats attack dogs. They have no creds anymore.


27 posted on 01/06/2011 10:58:36 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Beware the Big Government Media Complex)
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To: screaminsunshine
They say these guys are illegit eh. Well how about Obamas Birth Cert. Can we get a remote viewing of the real one?

The lamestream media is very selective in its reporting. There was nary a ripple when perpetually tongue-tied Zero botched his oath of office during the inauguration.

28 posted on 01/06/2011 11:10:27 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas...)
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To: American Dream 246
What was Beck thinking?

It's the new general manager of Blaze, not the editor. I think Beck is trying to build a successful web brand. Why not go with someone who knows how?

29 posted on 01/06/2011 11:36:21 PM PST by drubyfive
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To: American Dream 246

The Royal attitudes still prevail.


30 posted on 01/06/2011 11:43:48 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Damn it, Jim! I'm a doctor - not a Community Organizer!")
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To: American Dream 246

Democrat DeFazio also skipped the oath on Wednesday and went to a public meeting about a veterans’ hospital in his home state. Since he has been in office since 1987, it’s likely he already had a pretty good idea of how the veterans feel about a veterans hospital. Oregon’s senators sent representatives; he preferred to get face-time amongst the voters (he has a good record with veterans, so some sincerity is probably a factor). DeFazio neglected to tell anyone where he would be and wasted other people’s time looking for him for the oath ceremony. Since there has been an apparently political murder just recently in D.C., he might’ve been a little more thoughtful about notifying the appropriate people of his absence.

Since all three rep’s have previously taken the oath, it could be argued that only new members require that ceremony. For now, rules are rules, and they all should have been in attendance.

If Congress wanted to save money, they would all remain in their home states and communicate via satellite. D.C. would go broke, though, so that’s probably not going to ever happen.


31 posted on 01/07/2011 12:07:16 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Paladin2

They need to do that before they throw their hats in the ring.


32 posted on 01/07/2011 12:08:17 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: American Dream 246

Phones will be ringing today..bet on it. Not sure what can be done with these two clowns but refusing to seat them might be a good start.


33 posted on 01/07/2011 12:24:54 AM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: American Dream 246; Tribune7; HonestConservative; Kid Shelleen

Ping.

Republicans Pete Sessions (TX) and Michael Fitzpatrick (PA) missed the swearing in with the rest of Congress. I know PA doesn’t have recall, will there be a challenger at the next primary?


34 posted on 01/07/2011 12:33:18 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: American Dream 246

Let em hear from ya folks!
http://speaker.house.gov/


35 posted on 01/07/2011 12:42:15 AM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: American Dream 246

There is no excuse for this foolishness.

None. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Nada.


36 posted on 01/07/2011 2:13:36 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: re_nortex

That flub wasn’t his fault. CJ Roberts messed up.


37 posted on 01/07/2011 2:16:24 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: bigbob
Two more Rs who deserve a primary challenge...

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38 posted on 01/07/2011 2:40:23 AM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Not a single supporter on FR for their arrogance to skip the swearing in. I don’t believe swearing in to the 111th carries over to the 112th. They should have been in full attendance with their brains in gear.


39 posted on 01/07/2011 2:52:22 AM PST by healy61
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To: American Dream 246

I hope these two clowns had a good excuse....like they were drunk...or with real nasty wimmens....


40 posted on 01/07/2011 2:58:28 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: American Dream 246

Since they are too busy to be doing what they are supposed to be doing, I would relieve them of their committee assignments until they have more time.


41 posted on 01/07/2011 3:03:41 AM PST by PalmettoMason (It's easy being a menace to society when WAY OVER half the population is happy being sheep.)
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To: brityank
"I know PA doesn’t have recall, will there be a challenger at the next primary?"

Part of Fitzpatrick's district is in our township. There are plenty of Republicans around here who held their noses to vote for him while viewing him as a lukewarm candidate. He should expect to be challenged from within his party as well as by the Dems. It's not a safe seat for him by any means.

42 posted on 01/07/2011 3:47:23 AM PST by Think free or die
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To: American Dream 246

This garbage drives me crazy. Just like when the House or Senate is gaveled in and it takes 5 minutes for these prima donnas to shut up.

Their anguses need to be in their seats with their pie holes shut 10 seconds after that hammer hits.


43 posted on 01/07/2011 3:56:29 AM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

All of you have the completely wrong idea of what happened. I was there. These were constituents who traveled to DC to see the old guard thrown out and lend their support to a great man, one who survived a battle with cancer to return to the floor. You were all succered by an article in the liberal press who called us political donors. Fitzpatrick wanted to celebrate with those he represents, what a novel concept. By the way he provided the refreshments not us “Donors”. Have any of you ever paid for a roundtrip bus ride to DC? $30.00 is cheap. It was amazing to see so many people cheering the passing of the gavel. It is not just the corrupt politician who need to be thrown out , but the reactionary, negative press and those who foolishly react without the facts. Shame on all of you.


44 posted on 01/07/2011 4:28:19 AM PST by airvet
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To: airvet

Strange how the other 60+ new representatives somehow managed to have themselves where they belonged during the swearing in ceremony. I guess none of them had any constituents to “lend support” on hand.


45 posted on 01/07/2011 4:41:53 AM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: American Dream 246
"Though Sessions and Fitzpatrick watched the House swearing-in ceremony on television in the Capitol Visitors Center with their hands raised, the Huffington Post points out that there is no provision in the Constitution that allows for a remote swearing-in."

Oh, but the Founders surely couldn't have imagined television and other advanced technologies that we have, so this has to be acceptable... [/sarc]

46 posted on 01/07/2011 5:02:38 AM PST by DJ Frisat (How's that change workin' out for ya, Obama voters?)
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“That wasn’t planned. It just worked out that way,” Fitzpatrick said Wednesday.

This just pisses me off. We're trying to get off to a good start and these idiots pull this shit.
You want me to believe that the "swearing in" came up as a last minute event that happened to interfere with your little gathering ???
Your planners should be canned. The official business has PRIORITY over your event...should have been planned for after the swearing in....good god.....if you're not going to take it seriously Fitz....just leave now.....

47 posted on 01/07/2011 5:15:13 AM PST by Mopp4
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To: Mopp4
This just pisses me off. We're trying to get off to a good start and these idiots pull this

Bush league. Amateur-ville. Embarrassing.

48 posted on 01/07/2011 5:21:25 AM PST by paulycy (The Constitution is a Formal Contract. Live up to it or lose your job, Congress.)
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To: American Dream 246
It's not bad enough they skipped the required swearing-in ceremony, but they cast votes knowing full well they were not qualified to do so.

Not the sort of thing I, as a common, every-day citizen and voter chooses to tolerate. Hopefully the leadership will make an example of these two.

49 posted on 01/07/2011 5:43:04 AM PST by jwparkerjr (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

ping


50 posted on 01/07/2011 6:09:07 AM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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