Disorder in the House


Lots of uproar today in the House.

Basically, Republicans are pissed about the contempt resolutions filed by the Democratic majority. So they have been disrupting House proceedings, including the memorial service for the late Rep. Tom Lantos.

But just now, the GOP walked out of the House and is congregating on the Capital steps in protest.

Late Update: The walkout appears to be in protest over yesterday’s House vote not to extend the Protect America Act, but we’re still attempting to nail that down. It would be an odd protest, since, as we reported yesterday, the right wingers in the House joined with liberal Dems to defeat the extension.

Later Update: OK, it appears that the GOP walkout was not over the extension vote yesterday, which really would have been odd. Rather, this appears to have been done in conjunction with the President’s demand this morning that the House pass the Senate surveillance bill before tomorrow’s expiration of the Protect America Act. The contempt resolutions against White House aides, current and former, are part of the mix, because the House is spending time on that rather, GOPers say, than on the surveillance bill.

We’ll keep you posted.

Final Update
: The contempt resolutions passed.


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