Reporter’s Notebook: an unprecedented fury on the House floor, but it is up

nearvideo, Nancy Pelosi says house resolution to condemn President Trump was a ‘gentle, like it could be’

The resolution said that the President was Trump’s racist, just that the words he used were racist, says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., was sick of it.

“I leave the chair!” fumed Cleaver of the gallery in the house chamber on Tuesday afternoon.

Members of the hammer that you swing, when the chair of congressional debates as a sacred antiquity. The Hammer is one of the symbols of the house. But disgusted with the other members of the house from both sides of the aisle, a cooking Cleaver of the gavel clamped to the stands like a baseball to discard players who bat after a questionable third strike.


The Missourian stomped from the Podium, leaving the house of representatives, without a presiding officer directed in the midst of a charged debate on a resolution “condemning the President of Trump’s racist comments, to the members of the Congress.”

No one was a moment to remember an episode where each member was up to the chair about the house or the Senate, so upset that you abandoned your post in such a critical.

Debate on such a divisive resolution that required a certain hand on the Hammer. Someone, Congress, veteran, experienced in the facilitation of the irritated exchange. Someone who was righteous. Even-keeled. A Zen-like presence, the festival was gentle, but at the same time. So, house Democrats tapped Cleaver, a United Methodist minister and former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, for the job.

But Cleaver had had enough.


“We don’t know, ever happen, so it seems to escalate one way,” seethed Cleaver from the chair. “We just want to fight to!”

House rule XXII, paragraph 1(b) bars attacks on “the President’s character.” The manual of the house uses to this day, the governing parliamentary discourse written by Thomas Jefferson himself – bars, the legislator, the use of language, the “personally offensive to the President.” Another volume on house procedure, cannon’s precedents – written by the late Republic, Clarence Cannon, D-Mo., not the late House Speaker Joe Cannon, R-Ill. – prohibits the use of “personal vilification, innuendo, ridicule, and shame.”

So you asked how the legislature could possibly comments debate is a measure of the President Trump the “racist” and you keep the discourse between the guard rails.

It Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., anyone who has a Problem with the floor speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

“Every single member of this institution, the democratic and the Republican, should the tweets be with us in the condemnation of the President, the racist,” said Pelosi on the floor. “To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values, and a disgrace abdication of our oath of office.”

Collins was Pelosi, if you cared to re-state your remarks. A skeptic speaker stared at Collins.


“I acknowledged that with the members before I spoke,” was Pelosi the icy reply.

And with this, for the first time in 35 years, a rank-and-file lawmakers challenged whether the speaker of the house had to violate decency. Collins argues that Pelosi’s words – the designation of the President of the tweets as “racist” – crossed the finish line. The Georgia Republican called for Pelosi, the words “be taken.”

The “removal” of words, it is the Congress equivalent pulled over for speeding. You may have done something wrong. But first, we need to go to court to determine guilt or innocence. The house at regular intervals tags rank-and-file members, if your language against in-house standards. But the late speaker of the house of representatives, Tip O’neill, D-Mass., the last speaker was the words “accepted” on May 15, 1984.

O’neill did not want the future speaker of the house Newt Gingrich, R-Ga appreciate., which means that the Democrats were silent when he “challenged their Americanism,” to speak, while an empty chamber. O’neill thundered from the House floor to Gingrich, then a mere backbencher, that he had done, “the lowest, I have ever seen in my 32 years in Congress.”

Then house minority whip and future Senate majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., O thought’neill’s use of the word “lowest” to far. The house decided that O’neill violated rules of the house, and that his words were not in order.


It is common for the in-house bar, the legislator, the wording you are in conflict with the rules seen for the rest of the day on the floor. But despite the injury, Lott O introduced’neill and asked to allow the house, the speaker, the privilege of addressing the house later. The house obliged.

In December 1973, the late Rep. Bella abzug, D-NY, suggested that an amendment offered by the late Republic John Dingell, D-Mich., was “racist.” Never mind that Dingell sponsored the Civil Rights Act of 1957. At the time, was involved nation, in the “energy crisis.” To save effort, gas, Dingell’s plan excluded the use of fuel to bus children to school across the city. The house decided that the deduction in dispute biased Dingell and struck her remarks from the panel. But the house did not mute the deduction for the rest of today’s session.

Back to Tuesday …

House custom dictates that a legislator, quoted the words, should have a seat in the chamber and wait for a ruling from the chair. But Pelosi left the house chamber after Collins called for the house the speaker of the language to decide.


According to Cleaver ditched the dais, Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N. C., subbed in the chair, followed by House majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. After almost two hours of behind-the-scenes arguing, Hoyer cited the 1984 precedent, which claims that Pelosi broke the rules. Collins then asked to delete the vote, the Speaker ‘ s statement. But in successive party-line votes chose the house that Pelosi didn’t violate the rules of conduct and could continue to speak, on the floor for the Rest of the day.

“We will defend our mother tongue,” said the senior Democrat, while rushing to the vote.

In other words, the house voted against the precedent from the year 1984, which, of course, a new precedent.


Wednesday appears on Fox, Cleaver said, he had the opportunity to rule against practically all, the voice on the condemnation of the resolution. But he didn’t – until Collins took on the speaker.

“I let it go because I thought, ‘OK. We’re not going to start a fight here,'” said Cleaver, who added that he escaped from the chair “for my own mental health.”


The Congress was back to the fights Wednesday. To keep the house Attorney General William Barr, Minister for trade and Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress voted on the census. The house voted to block an attempt by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, accuse the President of Trump. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., presides over the contempt of the voice. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, has the honors for the procedural vote on the impeachment.

Despite the choleric issues on the ground, perhaps the best news in the house is that neither Maloney nor Pingree abandoned chair.

Maybe it looks up on Capitol Hill.

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