I’ve always known we could count on Congress to [do] everything in its power to protect the downtrodden and powerless in America.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The unfinished business is the vote on the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, H . Res . 847 , as amended, on which the yeas and nays were ordered.
The Clerk read the title of the resolution.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from New York (Mr. Meeks) that the House suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, H . Res . 847 , as amended.
This will be a 5-minute vote.
The vote was taken by electronic device, and there were–yeas 372, nays 9, answered “present” 10, not voting 40, as follows:
Coal in their stockings, for those terrible nineteen!
H . Res . 847
Whereas Christmas, a holiday of great significance to Americans and many other cultures and nationalities, is celebrated annually by Christians throughout the United States and the world;
Whereas there are approximately 225,000,000 Christians in the United States, making Christianity the religion of over three-fourths of the American population;
Whereas there are approximately 2,000,000,000 Christians throughout the world, making Christianity the largest religion in the world and the religion of about one-third of the world population;
Whereas Christians and Christianity have contributed greatly to the development of western civilization;
Whereas the United States, being founded as a constitutional republic in the traditions of western civilization, finds much in its history that points observers back to its Judeo-Christian roots;
Whereas on December 25 of each calendar year, American Christians observe Christmas, the holiday celebrating the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ;
Whereas for Christians, Christmas is celebrated as a recognition of God’s redemption, mercy, and Grace; and
Whereas many Christians and non-Christians throughout the United States and the rest of the world, celebrate Christmas as a time to serve others: Now, therefore be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
(1) recognizes the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world;
(2) expresses continued support for Christians in the United States and worldwide;
(3) acknowledges the international religious and historical importance of Christmas and the Christian faith;
(4) acknowledges and supports the role played by Christians and Christianity in the founding of the United States and in the formation of the western civilization;
(5) rejects bigotry and persecution directed against Christians, both in the United States and worldwide; and
(6) expresses its deepest respect to American Christians and Christians throughout the world.
Yep, there are a lot of irony challenged people in America right now.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
Do the Pastafarians ever get a congressional resolution?
A recent resolution to recognize the importance of Christmas and Christianity was a Republican tactic designed to draw attention from pressing issues in Congress, including health care and energy conservation, Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., said Thursday.
That’s why he voted against it, he said….
Coal in his stocking!
Meanwhile, the resolution’s sponsor gets a little testy about his overwhelming victory with 372 votes:
….”The people who voted ‘no’ and voted ‘present’ will also take Christmas Day off, and so will their staff,” King said. “They’ll take a paycheck while they deny the very reason for the day they do not have to work.”
Does this mean I have to give my money back?