House Republicans Spend Their Time Renaming Post Offices In Peoria And Guam
They can’t do the important business of the country, so they are busy renaming post offices. House Speaker John Boehner once mocked the very thing he is now having Congress do:
“With all the challenges facing our nation, it is absurd that Congress spends so much time on naming post offices, congratulating sports teams, and celebrating the birthdays of historical figures,” Boehner said in a September 2010 speech in Washington.
But Thursday night, while Boehner couldn’t get the votes for his debt plan, it was time to get down to some serious business:
A facility as far away as Guam was to be rechristened the “John Pangelinan Gerber Post Office Building.” Peoria, Illinois would see its post office named after Charles ‘Chip’ Lawrence Chan, who died on 9/11. Three of the eight proposals were sponsored by Republicans. One of the bills passed with a voice vote, while the other seven were postponed.
The delay tactic won the speaker time, but that time did not win him enough votes to pass his plan.
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