Yesterday, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), told reporters that the house didn’t have the time to honor the Navy SEALs who killed Osama Bin Laden:
The House will not hold a vote on a resolution honoring U.S. troops and the intelligence community on the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, the number-two House Republican said Tuesday.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that House Republican leaders had been considering a symbolic resolution honoring the Navy SEALS and others involved in the bin Laden raid but that they had decided against one in an effort to keep in line with their new rules prohibiting commemorative measures.
“We considered that last week, and we deal with the rules that we’ve put in place in the House, and we’ve said since we assumed the majority that we want to be substantive and meaningful,” Cantor told reporters at his weekly roundtable.
Oh, but wait.
Apparently, the House GOP found it “substantive and meaningful”, as well as worth their time, to honor George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush by renaming a courthouse in Texas after them.
The U.S. House has voted to add the names of former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush to the federal courthouse in Midland, where the Bushes once lived.
U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, announced the passage of the House resolution redesignating the building in a statement issued Monday. Previously, the building’s official name had been the “George Mahon Federal Building United States Courthouse,” after a longtime congressman who once represented Midland.
In response to criticism, Cantor has now partially relented, via Think Progress:
In response to criticism, Cantor now says he will include language regarding the Navy SEALs in an upcoming intelligence authorizations bill. Still, the House GOP will not hold a vote on the bipartisan stand-alone bill passed by the Senate.