Representative Betty Sutton (D-OH), my congresscritter, voted on several items on today’s legislative calendar. Here’s what she’s been up to so far:
11:23 AM: Roll call vote 908 – voted yes
11:30 AM: Roll call vote 909 – voted yes
12:32 PM: Roll call vote 910 – did not vote
12:44 PM: Roll call vote 911 – did not vote
2:27 PM: Roll call vote 912 – voted no
2:49 PM: Roll call vote 913 – voted yes
What were those two items she didn’t vote on? Roll call vote 911 was a continuing resolution to keep several government agencies and programs running for awhile longer until Congress gets around to passing the 2008 budget.
Roll call vote 910 was an amendment that read as follows (with my emphasis added):
Sec. 150. (a) Congress makes the following findings:
(1) General David H. Petraeus was confirmed by a unanimous vote of 81-0 in the Senate on January 26, 2007, to be the Commander of the Multi-National Forces– Iraq ;
(2) General David H. Petraeus assumed command of the Multi-National Forces– Iraq on February 10, 2007;
(3) General David H. Petraeus previously served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command– Iraq , as the Commander of the NATO Training Mission– Iraq , and as Commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during the first year of combat operations in Iraq ;
(4) General David H. Petraeus has received numerous awards and distinctions during his career, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Superior Honor Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and the Gold Award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm; and
(5) The leadership of the majority party in both the House of Representatives and the Senate implored the American people and Members of Congress early in January 2007 to listen to the generals on the ground.
(b) It is the Sense of the Congress that the House of Representatives–
(1) recognizes the service of General David H. Petraeus, as well as all other members of the Armed Forces serving in good standing, in the defense of the United States and the personal sacrifices made by General Petraeus and his family, and other members of the Armed Forces and their families, to serve with distinction and honor;
(2) commits to judge the merits of the sworn testimony of General David H. Petraeus without prejudice or personal bias, including refraining from unwarranted personal attacks;
(3) condemns in the strongest possible terms the personal attacks made by the advocacy group MoveOn.org impugning the integrity and professionalism of General David H. Petraeus;
(4) honors all members of the Armed Forces and civilian personnel serving in harm’s way, as well as their families; and
(5) pledges to debate any supplemental funding request or any policy decisions regarding the war in Iraq with the solemn respect and the commitment to intellectual integrity that the sacrifices of these members of the Armed Forces and civilian personnel deserve.
What was Betty Sutton doing between 11:30 AM and 2:27 PM today, and why didn’t she vote? That’s a heck of a long potty break.