First Day With The New Gavel?

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This is kind of hilarious. For whatever reason*, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) didn’t get sworn in with other House members yesterday, but proceeded to cast votes on the crucial Rules Committee where he sits. Since Sessions wasn’t sworn, those votes aren’t valid and Republicans are having to go to Nancy Pelosi to ask Democrats for an after-the-fact blessing of everything they did with Sessions’ invalid vote.

*Sessions was actually at an event for a Republican colleague in the Capitol complex. They figured if they raised their right hand while the oath was administered on TV monitor, it’d be all good. Picture here.

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