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Missouri lawmakers vote present on KU's Orange Bowl resolution

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Talk about sour grapes.When the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution [lauding the Jayhawks][1] for their victory in the Orange Bowl, it passed without objection. All told, [396 representatives from across the country voted to praise the Jayhawks][2].But 12 members took the easy way out and voted present - neither for or against the resolution. It makes sense that [Rick Boucher, the U.S. Representative for Blacksburg, Va.,][3] chose not to support the resolution, seeing as his district includes the Virginia Tech campus. The Jayhawks beat the Hokies in the Orange Bowl.Among the other 11 present voters, nine of them shared a common thread in that they all represent one particular state: Missouri. In fact, not a single member of the Missouri Congressional delegation supported the resolution.Sam Graves, who represents an area of North Kansas City, told the [Kansas City Star][4] "The Tigers had a better (season). Mizzou won the Border War, won the Big 12 North, and they won the Cotton Bowl. As a Mizzou grad it's hard for me to vote for anything that has the words 'congratulate' and 'Kansas' in it."As an aside, as my colleague Ryan Wood [pointed out earlier this week][5], the text of the legislation includes a couple of errors, like the final score. KU does expect those errors to corrected in the version of the legislation that is published. [1]: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c110:3:./temp/~c110KBFrsN:: [2]: http://clerk.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.asp?year=2008&rollnumber=118 [3]: http://www.boucher.house.gov/ [4]: http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/10454 [5]: http://www2.kusports.com/news/2008/mar/11/ryan_woods_ku_football_notebook/?football

Comments

countrygirl 6 years, 9 months ago

Ok--I'm really proud of the jayhawks for the season they had. But, why is Congress wasting time and taxpayer money on something like this? Don't we have a few more important things for Congress to be working on?

Confrontation 6 years, 9 months ago

Joshos and the other Missery babies are still crying. It's all quite funny to me.

geniusmannumber1 6 years, 9 months ago

Yes, I'm sure the approximately 30 seconds each representative took out of his day was going to make or break meaningful resolution of the issues before Congress.

/rolls eyes

KS 6 years, 9 months ago

Why should we expect anthing different?

nobody1793 6 years, 9 months ago

I bet the president will try to veto it!

RonBurgandy 6 years, 9 months ago

That state is just stocked full of crap. You can't blame them when they don't understand the finer things in life.

Hawkman 6 years, 9 months ago

Maybe our Congress should be worried about things like unbearable gas and food prices....does anyone in Washington have a clue what is happening to us? It's sad very sad.

mr_economy 6 years, 9 months ago

Congress does not play a zero-sum game. They do not spend all day debating the biggest issues, nor should they. Big issues attract media attention and public scrutiny, but they are not the only issues with which Congress should concern itself. Fun spirited resolutions like this give members an opportunity to escape the partisan fighting of the big issues, and who knows, maybe a few connections are made from such light-hearted discussion.

What I do know, is that I would rather have a short, nearly unanimous vote held on this resolution, than more partisan fighting using the same arguments on a hot-button issue that has been debated hundreds of times before.

The Founders designed the government in exactly this way, so that any sort of substantial change, whether that be called 'progress' or 'regression', was no easy task. It's a big pain in the butt sometimes, but it has served us well enough.

blakus 6 years, 9 months ago

this resolution probably took but 10 minutes to vote and pass. get off of the house-bashing bandwagon and use your noggin.

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