Congress Considers Congratulating Yankees; Bill’s Future Uncertain (Update: Bill Passes 386-17; 11 “Present,” 19 Abstain)


Among other urgent business, the House of Representatives is considering today a bill, introduced by Jose Serrano of The Bronx, “Congratulating the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series Champions, the New York Yankees.” Among the bill’s many Whereases: “Whereas this year the Yankees opened a new stadium and hope to emulate the success achieved in the `House that Ruth Built’… Whereas the Yankees then faced off against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the American League Championship Series, and emerged victorious in 6 games… Whereas the Yankees were matched up against a valiant Philadelphia Phillies squad for the World Series title… Whereas the Yankees were guided to victory by Manager Joe Girardi, General Manager Brian Cashman, President Randy Levine, and the leadership of Hank and Hal Steinbrenner…”

The Bill has 65 co-sponsors, mostly Democrats, which may explain why George Steinbrenner is not mentioned. AFP’s Oliver Knox tweets, “Consensus in Senate Press Gallery: It would be *awesome* if the House voted down the pending resolution honoring the Yankees victory.”

A similar bill is being considered in the Senate.

Update: It passed, but not unanimously. A couple of members of the Pennsylvania delegation voted no, as did six California members. Others voted present or abstained.