Yesterday, Steve Benen noted that 19 House Republicans had signed onto H. Res. 951, a resolution to honor Christmas and “strongly” disapprove of attempts to ban Christmas references. Today, ThinkProgress obtained an e-mail sent around to Republican and Democratic legislative directors by Rep. Henry Brown’s (R-SC) office, asking them to have their bosses sign onto the legislation. Brown’s chief of staff, Chris Berardini, wrote:
We have added 44 cosponsors in just the first 24 hours since H. Res 951 was introduced and we would love to have your boss join us.
Co-sponsors include Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), and Jack Kingston (R-GA). The only Democrat on the list is Danny Davis (IL). All these GOP co-sponsors come despite House Minority Leader John Boehner’s (R-OH) tirade against a Democratic resolution recognizing the Chinese philosopher Confucius, which he called “unacceptable” during an economic crisis. Notably absent from the list is Rep. Steve King (R-IA), whose office confirmed to us that he’s not yet a co-sponsor. In 2007, King introduced a similar measure after voting against resolutions honoring Diwali and Ramadan.
In California, the Redding Tea Party Patriots are pushing an initiative to “require schools to provide children the opportunity to listen to or perform Christmas carols, and would subject the schools to litigation if the rule isn’t followed.”