THETA, TN – Late this afternoon, Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) issued a somewhat perplexing Press Release.
In it, Whitfield says: “I regret to inform you that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, currently refuses to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.”
Those two words can be interpreted several different ways.
If those two words were not included, one could infer that the PAST ACT is dead in the U. S. House for this session of Congress.
The most logical reason is the publicity resulting from an ethics probe of Congressman Whitfield during an election year became too much for the Republican leadership to tolerate, and Whitfield was “told” the Bill would not get a floor vote.
The PAST ACT in the U. S. House is three Republican members short of meeting the “Hastert Rule”. Whitfield’s Press Release does not address what happens if three more Republican co-sponsors are added.
Another factor regarding Speaker Boehner’s (current) refusal that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) opposes bringing the PAST ACT to the House Floor.
Cantor’s last day as Majority Leader is today, July 31, 2014.
A positive interpretation of “currently refuses” could be that when Cantor’s successor Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) becomes Majority Leader on August 1, and the House comes back to work on September 8, 2014, Speaker Boehner may “no longer refuse” to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 31, 2014
CONTACT: Marty Irby
Nephew Eugene says, as with all things, time will tell.