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GOP Cuts the Sound on 160 Million Americans: Microphones silenced as Members Pledge Allegiance

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(By the way, if Congress is in session, as Republican’ts claim, then why are members scattered all over the world? Also, if this were a business, would opening the doors for 30 seconds, then shutting them again in the customers’ faces, count as “open for business” in Republican’ts’ eyes? – promoted by lowkell)

Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, today took to the House floor to call on House Republicans to return to Capitol Hill to begin work extending the payroll tax cut for a full year. During the Pledge of Allegiance, Republican leadership cut Members’ microphones and following the Pledge, refused to recognize Rep. Moran. Returning from the floor, Moran released the following statement:

“Today House Republicans reached a new low. I went down to the House floor to repeat yesterday’s call by House Democrats for Republicans to return to their jobs and begin work on a full year extension of the payroll tax cut. Speaker Pro Tempore Robert Aderholt refused to recognize me on the floor and in a dramatic show of Republican authority, leadership cut off the microphone during the Pledge of Allegiance and kept them off afterward when I asked to be recognized.

“The 160 million Americans who need an extension of the payroll tax cut deserve to have their voices heard.  The temporary extension expires in just a few weeks. The American people have a right to hear from Members of Congress on the House floor.”  

To watch today’s House floor action, please visit: http://youtu.be/7tOAklLfQGA  

  • ToddSmyth

    It was so frustrating seeing Eric Cantor on every TV show claiming the reason Republicans voted against the short term extension was because what they really wanted was a full year extension, knowing they had killed the one year extension in the first place.  He seems to glow in his own talent for obstruction, which has sabotaged our recovery.  I hope this gets as much TV coverage as Cantor got lying to the American people. Cantor is an embarassment to Virginia.  Thank you Congressman Moran for calling them out on this.

  • glennbear

    Just another example of the GOP mindset that they have a “divine” mission to run government “their” way and the heck with everyone else. Truly the authoritarian thought process at work. The part of the story that is little mentioned is that their opposition to the extension was more about Democratic refusal to allow a bunch of junk riders to be attached then deficit reduction or any of their other smoke and mirrors reasons.

  • Progressive86

    Let Liberty reign free! Just so long as you play by the GOP archaic rules…

    Yes, it is a party thing, a Republican Party thing.

    America’s watching and we know Rep. Moran is in the right.