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House of Representatives Debates and Votes to Congratulate the Pittsburgh Steelers for Their Superbowl Win

February 12, 2009

Today, the House of Representatives (at least for the first half of the day) considered and discussed 4 suspension bills (bills passed under suspension of the rules), where debate is limited to 40 minutes.  Today, they agreed to 4 resolutions, the first of which was to congratulate the Pittsburgh Steelers on their 6th Super Bowl win (officially House Resolution 110: Congratulating the National Football League champion Pittsburgh Steelers for winning Super Bowl XLIII and becoming the most successful franchise in NFL history with their record 6th Super Bowl title, sponsored by Representative Michael Doyle [D-PA14-Pittsburgh]).  For those of you who would like to see it, here’s the C-SPAN video of that debate:

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And if you care, here’s the text of the resolution:

HRES 110 IH

111th CONGRESS 

1st Session

H. RES. 110

Congratulating the National Football League champion Pittsburgh Steelers for winning Super Bowl XLIII and becoming the most successful franchise in NFL history with their record 6th Super Bowl title.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 3, 2009

Mr. DOYLE (for himself, Mr. ROONEY, and Mr. TIM MURPHY of Pennsylvania) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 


RESOLUTION

Congratulating the National Football League champion Pittsburgh Steelers for winning Super Bowl XLIII and becoming the most successful franchise in NFL history with their record 6th Super Bowl title. 

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII by defeating the Arizona Cardinals 27 to 23 in Tampa, Florida, on February 1, 2009, winning their second Super Bowl championship in 4 years;

Whereas with this victory the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise has set a new National Football League standard for most Super Bowl victories with their record 6th Super Bowl championship;

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers went 15-4 against the hardest-ranked 2008-2009 schedule in the NFL and defeated the San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, and Arizona Cardinals during their record-setting post season run;

Whereas linebacker James Harrison returned a goal line interception 100 yards for the longest play in Super Bowl history;

Whereas quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went 21-30 for 256 yards and led the team down the field for the 19th and most important 4th quarter comeback of his career;

Whereas wide receiver Santonio Holmes won the Super Bowl MVP award with a 9-catch, 131-yard performance, including the game-winning touchdown in the corner of the endzone with 35 seconds left in the game;

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers new `Steel Curtain’ defense, including stars James Harrison, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, James Farrior, Ike Taylor, Larry Foote, Casey Hampton, LaMarr Woodley, Brett Keisel, Deshea Townsend, and Aaron Smith were ranked first in the NFL in overall team defense for the 2008-2009 season;

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers defense during the 2008-2009 season allowed the least points scored, lowest average passing yards per game, and the least overall yards per game in the entire NFL;

Whereas head coach Mike Tomlin is the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl championship and has continued in the legendary tradition of head coaches Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher by bringing a Super Bowl championship to Pittsburgh;

Whereas linebacker James Harrison was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2008-2009 season;

Whereas team owner Dan Rooney and team President Art Rooney II, the son and grandson, respectively, of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, have remarkable loyalty to Steelers fans and the City of Pittsburgh, and have assembled an exceptional team of players, coaches, and staff that made achieving a championship possible;

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers fan base, known as `Steeler Nation’, was ranked in August 2008 by ESPN.com as the best in the NFL, citing their current streak of 299 consecutive sold out games going back to the 1972 season; and

Whereas, for 76 years, the people of the City of Pittsburgh have seen themselves in the grit, tenacity, and success of the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise, and they proudly join the team in celebrating their NFL record 6th Super Bowl championship: Now therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the House of Representatives congratulates the National Football League Champion Pittsburgh Steelers for winning Super Bowl XLIII and setting a new championship standard for the entire NFL.

Now, I have no problem with this resolution; what I do have a problem with is the length that they actually discussed it for.  It got the most discussion of all of the resolutions considered by the House during the rules suspension during this part of the day (there was some stuff done earlier, and I know that they’re in session now).  Honestly, I think it was a waste of time to discuss it at such lengths.

I would commend Representative Steven Kirk (R-IL-10) for actually standing up and saying that we should be discussing other things, specifically the economic stimulus package.  But he wasn’t the only one.  Earier in the day the House had to actually debate whether or not they were going to suspend the rules, and that got pretty heated.  For that debate, watch the following video, if you’d like (but it is pretty long) (also, the video was supposed to start at 29 minutes, but for some reason the markers were lost when I embeded this video, so start it at 29 minutes, otherwise it’s stuff before what I was talking about):

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Alright, that resolution was ultimately passed (248-174 [2 Democrats crossing party lines to vote NAY]).  Personally, I would’ve voted against that resolution, but since it passed, I would’ve voted in favor of all of the 4 suspension bills.

That being said, I again emphasize how HUGE of a waste of a time it was to debate the Steelers resolution.

Maybe I’m a fun killer (we all know that I am Mr. Grinch and hate Santa), and I realize that Congress should be allowed to have fun and do some stuff like this, but to debate it for that long while we’re still trying to iron out the economic stimulus frivoulous package is not the right thing to do.

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican
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