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Reps. Sessions And Fitzpatrick Pen Apology For Swearing-In Snafu


Sessions and Fitzpatrick were at an event elsewhere on Capitol Hill with Fitzpatrick's supporters at the time of the swearing in, and took their oaths via television. In effect, the two Republicans were temporarily unconstitutional members of Congress on a day when Republicans were making a show of reading the Constitution aloud on the House floor.

Earlier this morning, the House voted 257-159 to forgive the mistake and erase the representative's votes from the record. However, while that settled one loose end, there is still some controversy over whether Sessions and Fitzpatrick broke an election law by attending the gathering with Fitzpatrick's supporters. The law prohibits fundraisers on Capitol grounds, though Fitzpatrick denies the event was a fundraiser.