On Wednesday afternoon the House of Representatives voted 412 to 0 to pass a resolution, ‘Celebrating the role of mothers in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Mother’s Day.’ Just after that unanimous vote, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) jumped up in protest asking that the vote be reconsidered. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) then moved that his request be tabled. This essentially set up a revote on the ‘Mother’s Day’ resolution. Even though it passed the first time unanimously, on the second go-round 178 Republicans in the House voted against the ‘Mother’s Day’ resolution.
Even F. James Sensenbrenner had enough sense not to join the 178 in their vote against Mothers. The same cannot be said for Congressman Paul Ryan, as he supported the legislative attack on Mother’s Day.
A Washington Post column explains that Ryan and Company have been using procedural tactics like this all week. The apparent goal has been to bring the House to a standstill. Apparently nothing is sacred when the partisanship flags start flying in Congress. Look for Ryan’s next targets to be baseball and apple pie.