“I do not suspect that Jefferson or Madison ever envisioned Congress honoring the 2,560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius or supporting the designation of National Pi Day,” said Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the next House majority leader. “I believe people want our time, energy and efforts focused on their priorities.”

Defenders of the practice say the resolutions are a time-honored tradition that bring deserved recognition to individuals and groups while providing moments of bipartisan good cheer in an otherwise divisive Capitol…

“Look, they’re really important to people in our localities,” said Rep. Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista), who offered several resolutions this session, including one recognizing the celebration of Filipino American History Month. “It doesn’t cost us a lot of money. It’s important for local pride.”…

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), among those voting against the Confucius resolution, remarked at the time: “He who spends time passing trivial legislation may find himself out of time to read healthcare bill.”