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Today, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) introduced a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood. The resolution also proclaims the state as President Obama’s birthplace, a point the Plum Line’s Greg Sargent noted may “put House GOPers who are flirting with birtherism in a jam.” This afternoon on the House floor, Abercrombie spoke of his measure and specifically noted that Obama had been born in Hawaii. “It’s also going to be the birthday in a week or so of President Obama, born in Kapiolani hospital just down the road from where I lived,” he said. Just as the presiding chair of the House, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), was about to declare the resolution passed by voice vote, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) stood and objected:
BACHMANN: Mr. Speaker? I object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. [...]
REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS (D-MD): Further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
According to Article One of the United States Constitution, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate each have a quorum of a simple majority of their respective members. The Senate has the additional requirement in Rule VI of its standing rules of a "majority of the members duly chosen and sworn." The only exception is when either house sits for choosing the President or Vice President when the electoral college fails to obtain a majority vote. In this exception, each house requires the presence of members from two-thirds of the states to satisfy quorum.
Originally posted by whatukno
reply to post by Darth_Prime
it's as simple as, just show the friggin proof, and be done with it.
Try reading the 4th Amendment sometime and stop trying to force the people of the United States to surrender their rights under the constitution.
But I offer you this. If you go to work for McDonald's, they require a birth certificate to be shown (I know, I have worked there). It is the law.
Originally posted by sad_eyed_lady
O.K. I guess if Congress proclaims Obama was born in Hawaii that makes it true and thus ends the eligibility controversy?
Just because you make a proclamation in a resolution does not make the proclamation a fact simply because the majority says so..
This attempt to seal the coffin on the debate about Obama's eligibility to be President issue is sneaky and devious.
If he really was born in Hawaii what do they have to fear?
I see no need to make a proclamation about his birthplace. History doesn't need a resolution. The truth will write itself if the PTB don't prevent it. It sure as hell doesn't need to be written by Congress.
[edit on 7/27/2009 by sad_eyed_lady]
Originally posted by whatukno
Which he has, a birth certificate that has been verified by the state of Hawaii as legitimate.