House on stripping: yea!

In a 247-174 vote, the U.S. House voted today to prohibit any federal court from hearing cases on the Constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance, engaging in a problematic and potentially precedent-setting tactic as an election-year wedge issue.

The bill is only one of three court-stripping bills being offered as wedge-issue offerings to the Election Day altar, and is also the least controversial. Challengers to “nay” voting Members can now trumpet this vote erroneously as an anti-Pledge vote, when in reality, these “nay” Members are likely doing their best to protect both the pledge and the separation of powers.

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