House Republicans Shut Down Rep. Brown On House Floor In Food Stamp Debate (VIDEO)
The floor of the U.S. House of Representatives erupted in heated debate Thursday after Republican lawmakers presented a measure to separate funding for food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), from the farm bill currently being debated.
The Democrats in attendance fought fiercely against the measure, pointing out that the two have been paired together in the same legislation for decades. Dems insisted that the Republicans were choosing to protect generous subsidies for large agricultural companies at the expense of the poor.
Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore (D) offered;
“I can’t wrap my mind around the shameful nature of this moment.”
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was even more pointed in attacking the Republicans;
“The audacity to split off the nutrition parts of this bill is so stunning – it would be shocking, except this is a house of shocks. I would say it’s one of the worst things you’ve done but there’s such stiff competition for that honor that I can’t fully say that.”
In another highly charged moment, Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) demanded;
“This is not some little club! We are the congress of the United States of America… the most powerful nation on this planet, and we can take care of all of the people!”
But the strangest and perhaps most outrageous moment of the day came when Representative Corrine Brown (FL) got shut down on the House floor after announcing;
“The Bible says, ‘to whom much is given, much is required. This is a sad day in the House of Representatives. Shame on the republicans. Shame on the House of Representatives.”
This prompted some inaudible objection and she was refused to be allowed to continue speaking, holding up the proceedings for several minutes.
Every Democrat in attendance voted “no” on the bill, along with 12 Republicans. The bill passed by 8 votes.
WATCH Rep. Brown get silenced:
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