I’ve observed before that it’s not enough for Republican to prevail on legislative votes, they also want to silence critics.
It happened again in the U.S. House yesterday when a Democratic representative took the floor to shame Republicans for stripping food stamps from the farm bill as part of a plan to gut nutrition assistance to poor families.
She was booed and silenced. This by a House majority that regularly uses the House floor to castigate the president, Democratic leaders and others they revile.
Her violation was telling, too. She quoted the Bible before shaming Republicans.
Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday threatened to strike a Democratic representative’s words from the record and then booed her after she shamed them for cutting food stamp funding from the farm bill.
“The Bible says, to whom much is given, much is required,” Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) observed during debate over whether funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should be stripped from the farm bill. “And this is a sad day in the House of Representatives. Shame on the Republicans! Shame on the House of Representatives!”
After an objection from Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA), Speaker pro tempore Kevin Yoder (R-KS) ordered Brown to “suspend” and “be seated.”
“Excuse me,” Brown replied, glaring at Yoder. “What did I say that was incorrect?”
Ultimately, Brown was again allowed to speak after a protest. She continued:
“This is a sad day in the House of Representatives, and to separate the farm bill from the elderly, from the children, this is a shame!” Brown exclaimed. “Mitt Romney was right. You all do not care about the 47 percent!”
Welcome to Republican representative democracy. You shut up.