When Nancy Pelosi offered her resolution ordering the House Ethics Committee to set up a subcommittee to report on the misdoings of Rep. Mark Foley (R.-NAMBLA), John Boehner immediately moved that instead the resolution be sent to the Ethics Committee itself, presumably in hopes that the matter could be stalled past the elections.
Boehner then moved the previous question on his own motion to refer, thus cutting off debate. When the motion for the previous question carried on a voice vote, Pelosi demanded a roll call on the motion for the previous question. That was in effect a motion to continue the coverup for a little bit longer.
Query: Has anyone reported the votes on that roll call? If the Democrats were united in voting to investigate pedophilia and the Republicans united in voting to delay that investigation, we have a very nice issue to take to the voters.
Update Now this is just weird. Pelosi has just posted a letter she wrote to the two co-chairs of the Ethics Committee, in which she claims that her resolution passed unanimously and urges the committee to file its preliminary report within 10 days, as the resolution orders.
As far as I can tell, what passed unanimously was Boehner’s motion to refer that resolution to the Ethics Committee. If that is the case, the committee isn’t required to take up the resolution at any particular time.
Can any reader clarify?
Second update Curiouser and curiouser. The rollcall vote on the motion for the previous question was also unanimous, though there were audible “noes” on the voice vote and Pelosi demanded the ayes and nays. WTF?