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Fri Jan 6, 2012, 05:36 PM Jan 2012

GOP mutes Dem leaders on House floor [View all]

Sounds familiar. And desperate.

GOP mutes Dem leaders on House floor
By Mike Lillis and Pete Kasperowicz - 01/06/12 12:22 PM ET

House Republicans on Friday morning muted Democratic leaders on the House floor during a brief pro forma session.

Seven Democrats — including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Assistant Leader James Clyburn (S.C.) — stormed into the chamber just after 10 a.m. in an attempt to blast GOP leaders for remaining on vacation amid an unemployment crisis.

It didn't go well.


"They'll telling us they were here late in December, so they can't be here in January?" Pelosi said at a press briefing in the Capitol. "What is this, one month on, one month off?"


"You can't have it both ways," Pelosi said. "You can't say we're in session but you can't speak in the House chamber."

"If we are not in recess, then why are we not in session?" echoed Waxman
, senior Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee and another member of the payroll tax conference committee.



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