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.

    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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