In late October, Congress passed a resolution honoring the birthday of Chinese philosopher Confucius. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) blasted the Democratic leadership for wasting Congress’ time:
While Democrats get ready to celebrate the birth of an ancient Chinese philosopher, House Republicans will talk about our better solutions to create jobs and make health care more affordable and accessible for America’ s seniors. It is unacceptable for Congress to take it easy at a time when the nation’s unemployment rate is nearing 10 percent and millions of out-of-work families struggling to make ends meet are asking, “where are the jobs?”
But Steve Benen points out that 19 Republican members have now introduced an important resolution to…honor Christmas:
Whereas Christmas is a national holiday celebrated on December 25; and
Whereas the Framers intended that the First Amendment of the Constitution, in prohibiting the establishment of religion, would not prohibit any mention of religion or reference to God in civic dialog: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
(1) recognizes the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas;
(2) strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas; and
(3) expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions by those who celebrate Christmas.
Congressional Republicans have passed other Christmas resolutions in the past. In 2007, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced a similar measure, after voting against resolutions honoring Diwali and Ramadan. As far as frivolous resolutions go, 76 House Republicans also recently introduced a resolution officially commemorating the Glenn Beck-inspired 9/12 taxpayer march on Washington.