Your congress at work:
Last year, OC Republican Rep. John Campbell offered a resolution congratulating UC Irvine's men's volleyball team for winning the national championships. Seems simple enough. Not quite.Bay Area Congressman George Miller asked House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland to stop Campbell's measure from reaching the floor for a vote. The reason? Payback. Miller had introduced a water bill that Campbell eventually helped kill last October. And according to the OC Register, Campbell stopped the measure because Miller didn't back an effort to keep open pumps at the Sacramento Bay Delta Pumping Station.
Campbell recalled confronting Miller over the volleyball team resolution:"I go up to George on the floor, and I said, 'George, what was the problem?' And he says, 'You voted against my water bill. ... There has to be a penalty for that, and this is the penalty.'"So, naturally, Campbell did what any snubbed Anteaters-loving politician would do: He got even. On Tuesday, Hoyer proposed a resolution congratulating the University of Maryland's Terps for making the NCAA tourney. Campbell opposed it and delayed the vote by asking for a roll call.
In his floor speech, Campbell said teams that are "just in the playoffs" shouldn't be honored and points to a Washington Post story on the Terps' dismal graduation rate.