Source: Noah Rothman / Mediaite
During a debate over a measure to vote separately on a farm bill and a bill to extend funding to the supplemental nutrition assistance program, progress in the House came to a screeching halt after Rep. Corinne Brown (D-FL) expressed her dissatisfaction with the maneuver by exclaiming “shame on the Republicans.” The House then spent the next several minutes debating whether Brown’s remark should be stricken from the record.
“The Bible says, ‘to whom much is given, much is required,’” Brown began. “This is a sad day in the House of Representatives. Shame on the republicans. Shame on the House of Representatives.”
The breach of decorum stalled proceedings in the House as the Speaker demanded Brown suspend her remarks. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) came to Brown’s defense saying that her statement does not merit being stricken from the record.
“Is it not in order as we heard many times on this floor for a member of the House to simply not mention by name individual members of the House but to mention categories of members? That happens all the time,” Edwards insisted.
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