Congress debates 'Cat in the Hat'

The House on Tuesday honored the late Dr. Seuss and his many children's books, including "Cat in the Hat."

During an afternoon session on the House floor, members of both political parties lauded Theodor Geisel, who is also known as Dr. Seuss.

Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.) spoke out in favor of her "Read Across America Day" resolution.

She said, "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of a cat who is known worldwide for his red and white hat, in support of a fox who liked to wear his socks and his game-playing friend called Mr. Knox."

In her floor speech, Markey referenced many of Dr. Seuss's characters, including Thing 1, Thing 2 and "the mean old Grinch."

She said, "These characters taught our children to read. In the field of children's literacy, Dr. Seuss took the lead. Through the power of Green Eggs and Ham, our children exclaimed, 'I can read Sam I am.'"

Markey noted that Tuesday would have been Geigel's 106th birthday.

Markey's bipartisan measure has 26 co-sponsors.

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