So, Eric Cantor is a man of principles it seems. It has been suggested in the Halls of Power in DC that passing a quick resolution honoring the intelligence community and the SEALS for a job well done in the bin Laden situation might be a nice thing to do. Eric Cantor has stated that this isn’t the thing they should be doing or will be spending time on the floor on.
“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that House Republican leaders had been considering a symbolic resolution honoring the Navy SEALS and others involved in the bin Laden raid but that they had decided against one in an effort to keep in line with their new rules prohibiting commemorative measures.
“We considered that last week, and we deal with the rules that we’ve put in place in the House, and we’ve said since we assumed the majority that we want to be substantive and meaningful,” Cantor told reporters at his weekly roundtable.
He added that the House leadership ultimately decided that the best way to honor those involved in the mission was to approve the fiscal year 2011 intelligence bill that is on the floor this week.
“We also understand the large impact that was gained by the intelligence community and the SEALS’ activity in Pakistan and, obviously, it’s worthy of our support,” Cantor said. “And so, we believe that the best way to express that support and extend congratulations is in the context of the intel bill.”
This statement comes from Cantor as a show of the Republicans standing on their principles. You see, they passed a set of new rules when they came into power. Amongst those new rules was a rule prohibiting bills that were commemorative measures. This rule was based on their pointing out that around a third of the bills passed under the 111th Congress were bills of a commemorative measure. These were usually quick bills recognizing sports teams or holidays and took no real time whatsoever to pass, but they still took time and that was time wasted.
We just can’t afford that now. Too much wasted time=money in Washington and too much waste in general. We just can’t have that.
Well, unless you’re Eric Cantor and the Republican majority and the resolution honors one of your boys it seems.
The House (and Eric Cantor) has been discussing H.R. 362 and spending time on it. What was H.R. 362 you ask? Why, it was a resolution put forward by Texas Republican Mike Conway. The goal of the resolution is to have it passed and thus change the name of the a Federal building and Courthouse (currently known as the George Mahon Federal Building) to the George H.W. Bush and George Bush United States Courthouse and the George Mahon Federal Building.
According to House Report 111-042, H.R. 362 commemorates the many years of public service by the 41st and 43rd Presidents of the United States—George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. President George H.W. Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts. Upon turning 18, he enlisted in the armed forces and was the youngest pilot in the Navy when he received his wings. In 1981, Bush was elected as Vice President to President Ronald Reagan and served in that capacity for two terms. In 1988, Bush was elected the 41st President of the United States and served as President until 1993. In 2000, the son of George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, was elected as the 43rd President of the United States, after serving six years as the Governor of Texas. In 2004, President George W. Bush was elected to a second term.
In other words, it’s a resolution meant to commemorate W. Bush and Dad H. W. Bush.
Well, to be fair to Cantor, he’s not just letting things commemorating former Republican Presidents slip through their little rule against commemorative resolutions. As a matter of fact, he’s voted on two resolutions like the above in just the last 30 days.
On May 2nd, Cantor was one of the majority votes to pass H.R. 1423 to designate a U.S. Post Office as “Specialist Michael E. Phillips Post Office.”
On April 12th, Cantor was part of the “Aye” vote crowd to suspend rules and pass S 307 to designate a Federal and United States Courthouse as the “W. Craig Broadwater Federal Building and United States Courthouse.”
Now, correct me if I’m wrong here, but aren’t all three of those resolutions from the last 90 days “commemorative” in nature? So what, Eric, is the hang up with this one?
A part of me wants to be nice about this, but the problem is that I’ve been around Eric cantor and seen the man work. He’s a pure partisan and he often operates with an eye towards scoring partisan points. Combine that with the fact that many on the Right have been trying to minimize aspects of the bin Laden mission because of who is in office right now and who gave the kill order…
Stop being a petty partisan asshole, Eric. If you can spend time on the floor discussing whether or not to pass a resolution to name buildings after the two Presidents Bush 1&2 and actually vote on commemorative resolutions to name other buildings after other people then you can spend the precious few seconds on the floor it would take to pass this.