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.