Republicans turn Congress into 'clogged toilet,' says Democratic lawmaker

One of the Democrats' fieriest voices on Capitol Hill accused the Republicans of turning Congress into a "clogged toilet."

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Friday that House Republicans were blocking the proper functioning of the lower chamber by debating a bill instructing committees to give closer scrutiny to regulations.

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“What we will be doing is ignoring the people’s business of creating jobs and frankly putting ourselves in the role of a clogged toilet,” said Lee. “That means we are doing nothing. We are stuffed up.”

Republicans, flush with election victory, however, responded that clearing unneeded regulation was one important way to kick-start the economy and create jobs.

"The labyrinth that has become this nation's regulatory scheme, has exported jobs, imported litigation, all the while eroding the very limited amount of public trust that is left in the institutions of government," said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). "While other Congresses may have delegated and abdicated, we must reclaim the responsibility to govern and legislate.”

Other Democrats argued in more sanitary terms.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that directing Congress to scrutinize regulations put forth by federal agencies controlled by the president was a violation of the separation of powers.

The House is more than halfway through the 9.5 hours scheduled for debate on the regulation cutting legislation.

As Lee noted later in her speech, the bill is expected to pass the House Friday afternoon.