Swear-in snafu

    Well, this is embarrassing.

    A Pennsylvania republican voted a half-dozen times in Washington on Wednesday before he was officially sworn in.

    Mike Fitzpatrick was at a reception in the Capitol Visitors Center when other members took the oath.

    Pete Sessions of Texas made the same mistake.

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    Their embarrassment was evident Thursday at the House Rules Committee, which had to recess for an hour so Republicans could find a way to fix the problem.

    The Republican-run committee, which was considering debate rules for a bill to repeal the new health care law, will propose nullifying the votes of the two lawmakers prior to their swearing-in.

    Ironically, the lawmakers took the time to read the Constitution, including Article 6… saying that lawmakers are bound by their oath.

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