Alan Grayson (D-FL) slammed the House of Representatives in a rather unique way this Tuesday, as he sought to bring a resolution declaring that the government shutdown was undermining the dignity of the legislature.
During his speech, Grayson cited numerous polls that showed Congress’s approval rating was worse than toenail fungus, hemorrhoids and other unpleasant things. But when he mentioned that Congress’s approval ratings were even lower than “dog poop,” Steve Womack (R-AR) wasn’t too happy and warned Grayson to stay on topic.
If dignity means what is the dictionary says it means—the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect—then surely the honor and worthy of honor or respect of this house has been called into question. When only seven out of 100 Americans approve of what we do, the lowest approval rating ever, then surely our dignity has been diminished and is actively being called into question. If we are to be called obstructionists, practicers of partisan petulance, if we are called an establishment that is rotten to the core, if we are leaving Americans wondering why there is so much poison in the system, then surely our dignity as a body has been diminished. If we’re accused of willingly provoking crises that suspend public services and decrease economic growth, then surely our dignity as a body has been diminished. If we cause international media outlets to refer to us as politically bankrupt and responsible for breaking America’s dignity, as a body, as a House, is being called into question…
Banging on his gavel, Womack cut Grayson off. “The chair has heard enough,” he said.
Watch the incident in the video below.