Cantor: Votes honoring sports teams could go by the wayside

Republicans might not pursue as many of the symbolic resolutions that traditionally dominate the congressional schedule, the No. 2 House Republican said Monday.

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the likely incoming House majority leader, criticized many of the symbolic resolutions congratulating sports teams and other items as something in which the new Republican majority has no interest.

"The Republicans who make up our new majority did not run for Congress to provide a subsidy to a particular industry or interest; to continue the same federal programs and agencies that are failing our citizens and bankrupting our children and grandchildren; or to spend our time congratulating collegiate basketball teams for having a good season -- even if we happened to be a fan," Cantor wrote Monday in an op-ed for AOL News.

The elimination of many of the symbolic votes could significantly free up the House schedule. Votes on those resolutions are fairly routine, and in the first day of the lame-duck Congress, the House has scheduled three such measures for a vote: "Recognizing Gail Abarbanel and the Rape Treatment Center," "Honoring the 30th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act," and "Recognizing and honoring the 50th anniversary of Ruby Bridges desegregating a previously all-white public elementary school."

Cantor wouldn't be the first Republican to reject the symbolic resolutions. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has refused to vote for the measures congratulating sports teams.

Republicans are examining ways to reform House operations with their transition effort headed by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.).