Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) is apparently fed up with congratulating collegiate sports teams.
On Tuesday he refused to vote for two resolutions recognizing college athletic champions, one for the UVA Men's soccer team and the other for the Penn State women's volleyball team.
Instead of voting yes to the congressional pat-on-the-back, Oberstar voted "present," first alone, and then accompanied by Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio).
Asked why the lawmaker wasn't feeling the love for these teams, spokesman told ITK that Oberstar "felt that these athletes had already earned the respect of their peers and the nation on the playing field."
When it comes to how much respect is enough for a winning team, Oberstar appears to have a bit of a double standard: In June of last year he co-sponsored a resolution to congratulate his alma mater, St. Thomas University's baseball team on their Division III national title.