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Should they take time to honor the Navy Seals that "got" Osama?

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives had plenty of time to honor Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush byrenaming a federal courthouse:


The U.S. House has voted to add the names of former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush to the federal courthouse in Midland, where the Bushes once lived.

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, announced the passage of the House resolution redesignating the building in a statement issued Monday. Previously, the building’s official name had been the “George Mahon Federal Building United States Courthouse,” after a longtime congressman who once represented Midland.

Yesterday, however, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), announced the house didn’t have time to honor the Navy SEALs who caught Osama Bin Laden:

The House will not hold a vote on a resolution honoring U.S. troops and the intelligence community on the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, the number-two House Republican said Tuesday.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that House Republican leaders had been considering a symbolic resolution honoring the Navy SEALS and others involved in the bin Laden raid but that they had decided against one in an effort to keep in line with their new rules prohibiting commemorative measures.

“We considered that last week, and we deal with the rules that we’ve put in place in the House, and we’ve said since we assumed the majority that we want to be substantive and meaningful,” Cantor told reporters at his weekly roundtable.

Why is it “substantive and meaningful” to rename a courthouse after George W. Bush but not to honor the troops who risked their lives to catch Bin Laden?

UPDATEIn response to criticism, Cantor now says he will include language regarding the Navy SEALs in an upcoming intelligence authorizations bill. Still, the House GOP will not hold a vote on the bipartisan stand-alone bill passed by the Senate.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:45 PM on May. 11, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Their attitude is shameful.  What is not meaningful or substantive about what the Seals did? It took some pretty big balls to get that mission accomplished !


    Answer by parrishsky at 8:23 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • I do not think they can be. The Navy Seals have to stay anonymous.

    Answer by louise2 at 12:49 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • So, is naming a Federal Courthouse considered a "commemorative measure"? If so, then it is hypocritical of them since the house has new rules that prohibit against commemorative measures. I haven't read the commemorative measures bill to know what qualifies and what doesn't.... The beauty of Navy Seals, they aren't looking for an "atta boy" from a bunch of bureaucrats... But approving measures in an intelligence bill that could help Navy Seals in the future? I am willing to put money on the notion~ they would be happy with those actions...

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:28 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • i don't think their names should ever be revealed. we can honor them in spirit, i know i do.

    Answer by tnm786 at 12:49 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • If he already honored them isn't that all that matters? He is the Almighty right?


    Answer by amazinggrace83 at 12:56 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • No, I'm sure they don't need validation like some. They don't need their names plastered all over the country anyway. The Speakers of each house could call on their time and thank them in general, no need to call every one of them.
    That being said I don't think 98% of resolutions should even be brought up much less voted on. Both houses, and both parties waste time with hundreds of these every year.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 1:19 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • Yes

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 12:47 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • I think they should but not mention the names of the Navy Seals. They shouldn't broadcast who they are.

    Answer by Eisleysmommy27 at 12:50 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • They are kepst secret. For their safety and their families.
    I'm sure, they know we're all proud of them.

    Answer by SassySue123 at 12:53 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • I would think the Seals who went in don't want to be 'honored'. They are 'black ops'. If you honor them publicly, their cover is blown. Plus, they know we appreciate what they did. They have heard the buzz. It hasn't been a secret. Leave it to the dems to try to politicize this. Let PBO do victory laps. That is what he does best.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:36 PM on May. 11, 2011