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Oath-gate resolved


The four minutes of debate on NRCC Chair Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Rep. Mike Fitzptrick's (R-PA) "Oath Oops" were led by a spirited Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Rules Chairman David Dreier (R-CA)

Weiner contended that the resolution was not in compliance with the GOP's own rules because it was not posted for three days for members and the public to peruse. One GOP aide said the three-day rule doesn't apply to this resolution, because "it deals with internal House business."

Weiner took it a step further by saying even the resolution acknowledges that the House "violated the Constitution" on the very first day because two people who were not Members of Congress took votes.

Dreier said in his brief remarks, "Any member that does not vote in favor of this resolution is allowing the problem to persist."

The resolution passed on a vote of 257-159 with Sessions, Fitzpatrick and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) voting present. A few moderate Democrats like Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR) voted in favor of the resolution.

With the passage of the resolution, Oath-gate is resolved. What doesn't seem to be resolved though is the nature of the event both members were at when they missed the oath on the floor.

Fitzpatrick's office said the event "was not a fundraiser, it was a reception for folks who traveled to DC to watch the swearing-in." But an invitation for the event appears to solicit donations and the Sunlight Foundation is now asking questions about the nature of the event and whether Fitzpatrick broke House Ethics rules on the first day of Congress.

But if he technically wasn't a member when the event was happening, it's unclear if the Ethics Committee has any jurisdiction.