For once in House debate, contention yields to love

October 07, 1990|By Knight-Ridder News Service

WASHINGTON -- In the final moments of debate in the House yesterday afternoon over President Bush's veto of a temporary spending bill, Representative Ronald V. Dellums, D-Calif., appeared at the House podium in a tuxedo and gray silk bow tie.

The House erupted in bipartisan applause at his appearance.

"Today my firstborn is to be married at 5 o'clock," Mr. Dellums told the House at 4:35 p.m.

Marriage is an act of hope and love, he said, but "the veto is an act of cynicism. . . . Cut off this debate and let me vote.

"Let's override this veto and let me love my son."

As debate resumed, presiding officer John P. Murtha, D-Pa., interrupted: "Mr. Dellums is serious. The more time we waste, the less time he has to get to the church."

Both sides agreed to cease debate. Mr. Dellums voted immediately at 4:45 p.m. and raced from the House chamber.

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