Since this is from Roll Call, which is subscription only, this is all we get:
The top Democrat on the Rules Committee called Friday for further scrutiny into two Republicans who took part in official House business without being sworn in.
I’m sure the GOP members will get right on that, being that they’re so into the U.S. Constitution and all.
That was today’s Quickie. Was it good for you?
These two look like they could be a source of amusement for the next two years. Via Taegan-
Two House Republican members, Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick and Pete Sessions, missed their swearing in on Wednesday as they attended a fundraiser in Fitzpatrick’s honor at the U.S. Capitol. These two not-quite-yet Congressmen then voted on legislation and introduced bills, adding a Dadaist element to the proceedings. Although astonishingly surreal, there’s a serious House Rules-related concern: lawmakers are barred from using official resources for campaign or fundraising activities.
“House rooms and offices are not to be used for events that are campaign or political in nature, such as a meeting on campaign strategy, or a reception for campaign contributors,” according to the House Ethics Manual.
The Ethics Manual identifies an exception — “when a Member is sworn in, the Member may hold a ‘swearing-in’ reception in a House office building that is paid for with campaign funds” — but the event was a fundraiser, not merely a simple “swearing-in” ceremony.
A spokesman for Fitzpatrick told the Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim that the event was not a fundraiser and that anyone could attend. The information available shows that the invite was a solicitation for campaign funds and was very different from other lawmaker invites for celebrations held in official House offices and buildings.
It’s swearing in time for Elena Kagan; well, it will be at 2:00 pm Eastern time:
Elena Kagan will be sworn in on Saturday as the 112th person and the fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court, continuing a generational and demographic transformation of the nation’s highest bench.
In keeping with tradition, Ms. Kagan will first take the constitutional oath, which is given to a wide array of officials, and then the judicial oath, which is administered to those wearing the robe. Joined by family and friends in the Supreme Court building, she will swear to “administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich.”
President Obama will not be attending.
In the first part of Saturday’s ceremony, to take place in the justices’ conference room, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will administer the constitutional oath for federal employees, who swear to “support and defend the Constitution.” Then they will move into the larger West Conference Room, where Chief Justice Roberts will administer the judicial oath.
Let’s hope that she surprises us by not veering to the right of Justice Stevens, just as he surprised everyone by seeming to veer to the left… or as he put it, the court moved right:
He has been considered part of the liberal bloc of the Court since the mid-1980s and he has been dubbed the “Chief Justice of the Liberal Supreme Court”, though he publicly called himself a judicial conservative in 2007.
Earlier I posted about this possibility. Now it’s a done deal.
Sen.-elect Scott Brown, the successor to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), will be sworn in to office Thursday afternoon, giving Republicans 41 seats in the upper chamber. [...]
Brown’s legal counsel wrote Gov. Deval Patrick (D) and Secretary of State William Galvin asking them to certify the election results immediately, which would allow him to be sworn in to the U.S. Senate as early as Thursday.
“While Sen.-elect Brown had tentatively planned to be sworn into office February 11, he has been advised that there are a number of votes scheduled prior to that date,” his attorneys wrote. “For that reason, he wants certification to occur immediately.“
That’s all it takes? Weren’t there a few votes that needed Franken’s participation? Yeah, there were.
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