Words Taken Down

Representative Anthony Weiner who represents the Ninth Congressional District of New York certainly distinguished himself today on the floor of the House.

"You gotta love these Republicans," Weiner declared. "I mean, you guys have chutzpah. The Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of insurance companies."

That led a Republican member of the House to invoke a parliamentary procedure called "Words Taken Down" challenging the appropriateness of the language. Per the C-Span Glossary, Words Taken Down is the House rule used to discipline a member for using inappropriate words in debate. After the words are "taken down" by the clerk and read back, the chair rules on their suitability. If ruled inappropriate, the member may not speak again on the same day without House permission.

Thus challenged, Rep. Weiner simply amended his remarks:

Make no mistake about it, every single Republican I have ever met in my entire life is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance industry.

Nicely done.

By the way, Congressman Weiner has his own YouTube channel if you care to keep up with him.

Tags: Rep. Anthony Weiner, US House of Representatives, Parliamentary Procedure (all tags)



Not Wholly-Owned

Unfortunately, Weiner should have allowed that the Republicans aren't wholly-owned subsidiaries of the insurance companies.  Actually, the Republicans are merely leased, with payments due every two years.  It's a much more lucrative situation for the Republicans, with emphasis on lucre.

by VizierVic 2010-02-26 12:54AM | 1 recs
RE: Not Wholly-Owned

A brilliant observation and a great comment.

by Charles Lemos 2010-02-26 01:16AM | 0 recs


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