Congress honors Brandeis

18Dec09

Louis D. Brandeis retired from the Supreme Court on February 13, seventy years ago. To commemorate the occasion, Louisville’s congressman, John Yarmuth, introduced a resolution to the House on the 16th.  It’s a nice resolution–it even managed to sneak in a mention of the Brandeis archives here at the law school. Yarmuth also gave a nice speech when he introduced the bill, which the Courier-Journal reprinted today.

The resolution passed 425 to 1. Let me repeat that. One person voted against it. Republican representative Don Young from Alaska voted against it. He claims to have nothing against Brandeis (in fact, from his statements, it seems like he might have no idea of who he was) or Yarmuth. Apparently he wanted to take a stand against frivolous resolutions. However, that didn’t stop him from voting for a resolution commemorating the American Kennel Club. Way to make a stand, Congressman. You can read Young’s pr flack’s statement defending his vote here.

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