PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Congressional Sports Resolutions: Fair or Foul?

The Penn State women’s volleyball team earned many accolades in the past year for winning a third-consecutive national championship. The team, and individuals like Megan Hodge, received numerous awards and acknowledgements. One such recognition, however, is often overlooked.

Congress honors various sporting teams and individuals with congratulatory resolutions. The women’s volleyball team was just one of many subjects of this formal act of congress. Normally, these bills are drafted and approved unanimously. Until recently, when Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah spoke out against the practice.

Chaffetz said he would vote against all future sports resolutions beginning with the vote to memorialize the 142nd season  of the Saratoga race course in New York. His position has gained some support, although not nearly enough to defeat a sports resolution just yet.

The problem does not exclusively deal with sports. Resolutions are passed recognizing historic anniversaries, naming post offices and mourning important people who have died.

The question is, are these resolutions a complete waste of time and resources, or are they positively recognizing success and hard work?

Those opposed, like Chaffetz, say that time could be devoted to more important things, rather than adopting House Resolution 1297, which recognizes American Craft Beer Week, and U.S. Senate Resolution 513, which recognizes July 9 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”

On the other hand, these bills are usually passed quickly and without dissent, and it is nice for the individuals concerned to be recognized by Congress.  Also, who is to say that with more time on their hands, politicians would get more work done.

Even with some opposition, congressional resolutions on sports and other topics will remain as part of the daily agenda. I personally do not think that they are hurting anybody. What do you think?

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Michael Berton

I grew up in a Philly suburb, then moved to a different one. I am now at Penn State, where I can actually sate my giant appetite for sports. Other than writing, I also play the cello in the Penn State Philharmonic.

Comments

Other posts by Michael

Lady Lions Bow Out of NCAA Tournament With Loss to UConn

In the end, the Conecticut women’s basketball team was just too talented. The Lady Lions fought until the final whistle, but it was not enough to even come close. The Huskies dominated for almost the entire 40 minutes in a 77-59 victory, knocking Penn State out of the NCAA Tournament.

Lady Lions NCAA Tournament Preview: UConn

Lady Lions Advance to Sweet 16 With 90-80 Win Over LSU

Previewing The Enemy: Indiana Hoosiers

The Hoosiers have been underwhelming in all aspects of Big Ten play this season.

Where To Take Your Parents To Eat (And Drink) This Weekend

State College has plenty of restaurants that always seem too far and too expensive — except when your parents are in town.

Send this to a friend