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Overheard: You’re a Good Man, Santa

“You’re a good man, Santa.”  

— House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, thanking Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, a seasonal Santa Claus , for switching his vote from “no” to “yes” on the rule to advance the “cromnibus” spending package. As soon as Bentivolio switched his vote, the presiding officer gaveled the vote closed with a final tally of 214-212.  

Bentivolio responded, “Merry Christmas,” (and then the outgoing lawmaker asked Sessions to take  care of his staff.)  

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