Mic Check!… Republicans Shut Off Clyburn’s Microphone Today on House Floor

Mic Check.
The GOP shut off Rep. Clyburn’s microphone today on the House floor. It wasn’t his turn to speak.

The Hill reported:

House Republicans on Friday morning blocked Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (S.C.) from speaking on the House floor during a brief pro forma session.

After the daily prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, Clyburn rose to spoke, but presiding officer Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) said Clyburn was “out of order,” and that no business was to be conducted during these pro forma sessions. Denham then gaveled the session closed.

Republicans in late December prevented House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) from speaking on the floor, refusing to recognize him. Hoyer was making a push to accept the Senate’s two-month payroll tax holiday extension.

Republicans are apparently going to continue the practice of holding pro forma sessions, which they have done to prevent the Obama administration from making recess appointments.

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