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Morning Mix: Ignoring Congressmen, Cutting Off Cameras

Morning Mix: Ignoring Congressmen, Cutting Off Cameras

As if the House Republican caucus wasn’t getting bad enough press as bullies and obstructionists, their latest trick of walking out while Democratic House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer tried to speak should seal the deal.

Hoyer was attempting to get the House to vote on the Senate’s version of the payroll tax bill, rather than the “send it to conference” vote that happened earlier this week.  But Republicans weren’t about to let that happen, and the acting Speaker of the House simply left the floor instead.  “Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask for unanimous consent that we bring up the bill to extend the tax cut to 160 million Americans,” House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer yelled on the House floor. “As you walk off the floor, Mr. Speaker, you’re walking away, just as so many Republicans have walked away, from middle-class tax payers, the unemployed, and very frankly, as well from those who will be seeking medical assistance from their doctors — 48 million senior citizens.”

But the GOP is claiming it wasn’t their fault, that’s just how democracy works.  Hoyer had violated the rules, acting Speaker of the House Mike Fitzpatrick claims.  He told the Daily Caller, “I was the presiding officer on the floor of the House in a pro forma session when Mr. Hoyer requested to be recognized — in violation of the House rules, I might add…There’s a longstanding policy, it goes back through speakers of the House, all the way back to Tip O’Neill in 1981 that requires for unanimous consent that both parties’ leadership accede to the request for the unanimous consent offer. Mr. Hoyer is a former Majority Leader of the House, he knows the rules or should know the rules and it was my job to enforce them and I did.”

Still, as Brian Beutler writes, the Speaker could have simply refused Hoyer unanimous consent, rather than actually walked away from him, and at the very least saved himself and his party some damning looking video.

Luckily, someone from Speaker John Boehner’s office turned off CSPAN’s cameras, before too much more was shown.  And that is what Republican controlled media looks like.

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2:48PM PST on Jan 1, 2012

The GOP only cares about protecting the rich. The republicans are at war with the nation's poor people and want all of us to live in poverty while they live the good life making $174,000 a year with their pensions and free health care paid for by our taxes. If Jesus were alive today, he would have condemed the republicans like he condemed the Romans who persecuted him.

2:29PM PST on Jan 1, 2012

And they have the gull to pledge before the secession. knowing they will not act on the pledge they just gave.

I am sooooo done with these rude people.

8:45PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

It's to bad Steny could not have locked the doors as they left and proceded to do the peoples business whitout those Teabagging clowns.

12:27PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Funny how Boehner does not even follow the rules he changed when he took speakership. Have you ever seen a more dysfunctional congress in your life time or a more dysfunctional Speaker of the House?

12:14PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Somebody throw a chair already!

11:06AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Like I stated before! THE GOP MOTTO is "Who gives a crap about some imbecile? Are you kidding me? Imbecile being the US Taxpayers! Apply this motto to every article you read about them and see if it's not true!

7:52AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

I think they thought they had won by refusing an up or down vote on the Senate bill and didn't think they needed to be concerned about the opposition - after all, it had worked before. The excuse that it was the "rules" that Hoyer broke which caused the Speaker to walk away and turn off the camera is just plain nonsense. When the "rules" trump courtesy and doing the people's work - maybe the "rules" should change.

7:37AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Typical GOP behavior. Get rid of 'em all.

6:46AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Also, not the first time the Repugnantcans did something like this. That's what happens when they are in charge.

6:41AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

I am not a Liberal, but I say we vote in a whole bunch of them just to stick it to the greedy corporations. Payback would be so sweet.

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