GOP Reps: Sorry for missing our swearing in ceremony and then voting on the floor
The Daily Caller
(AP Photo/The Intelligencer, David Garrett) MANDATORY CREDIT
Republican Reps. Pete Sessions of Texas and Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania sent an apology letter to all fellow House members late Friday afternoon for skipping out on the chamber’s swearing-in ceremony Wednesday and then voting on legislation while technically not members of Congress.
The two were attending a reception within the capitol building for Fitzpatrick while their colleagues were being sworn in. They even held up their right hands and recited the oath in front of a live television feed of the ceremony, but later found out that according to House rules, members cannot be sworn in remotely. Sessions and Fitzgerald voted six times on the House floor before being officially sworn in later this week, which the House later nullified.