House spends part of afternoon fighting over Hollywood Walk of Fame 

Oil is pouring into the Gulf, the economy is in the dumps, the debt is $13 trillion, and Congress is fighting over whether to
pass a bill praising the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Anyone tuning into C-SPAN Wednesday afternoon might have been tempted to check the channel to make sure they were not watching an SNL skit.

But lawmakers were really fighting over this very topic, with one Republican member standing up in opposition to the resolution, “commending and congratulating the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.”

Usually these resolutions pass by voice vote with no opposition, silly as they may seem. But Rep. Jason Chaffetz. R-Utah, took his Democratic colleagues by surprise by opposing it and demanding a roll call vote.

Chaffetz said there are many people deserving recognition far more than the iconic Hollywood tourist attraction, which honors movie and television artists with stars along an 18 block stretch Hollywood Boulevard.

“I don’t think Sophia Loren needs any more congratulations from the United States Congress,” Chaffetz said.

The two parties debated the bill for several minutes, with Democrats attempting to appease Chaffetz by pointing out all the Republicans along the Walk of Fame, including Ronald Reagan, Fred Thompson and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But Chaffetz could not be convinced, and countered that Pee Wee Herman, who was once arrested for possessing child pornography, has also been enshrined on the walk.

“I’m just one voice here in this body,” Chaffetz said, “but I have a hard time going back to the people of my district and saying we recognized the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I just can’t do it.”

Chaffetz added, “We need to get on with the nation’s business, the debt, the other crises. That’s my point.”

The House will vote on the resolution later Wednesday.

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