Two Republican members of Congress - Jeff Sessions of Texas and Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania - both violated the US Constitution on the first day of the new Congress. Both members voted in official House proceedings without being sworn in as members of the 112th Congress. This is odd because it occurred the same day that the Constitution was being read aloud on the House floor. In fact, Sessions even read portions of the Constitution on the floor, knowing he had not been present for the swearing in.
After the violation was pointed out to them, both members said that they watched the swearing in proceedings on television and raised their hands. The Constitution does not have any provisions allowing for swearing in via television. Surely, strict constructionists like these two Republicans know that. Both absent
members were at a fundraiser instead.
According to Politico, "House officials were searching for a precedent to follow but had not yet found a previous instance of members-elect voting without having taken the constitutionally required oath of office.”
And these two have the gall to lecture others on the Constitution?