After his remarks, House Speaker Pro Temp Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoGOP senator: We're worried about Trump in swing states Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief proposes chain of command reforms Senate GOP bill would halt Gitmo transfers MORE (R-W.Va.) reminded members that they should not make "improper references" to the Senate.
Most of DeFazio's criticism in floor comments were of Republicans in the House.
DeFazio was critical of the House GOP for taking up H.R. 1255, which attempts to treat H.R. 1, the GOP spending bill for FY 2011, as U.S. law if the Senate fails to pass its own budget by next Wednesday. DeFazio dismissed the bill and said it was an attempt to "keep the Republican freshmen busy" while Republican leaders attempt to cut a deal on spending.
DeFazio argued that H.R. 1255 is unconstitutional because it would attempt to circumvent Senate consideration, and said of Woodall, a freshman, "the gentleman has a little to learn, I realize he is new here, and he has been sent here on a fool's errand."
He also derided the ability of Republicans to understand the Constitution, even though they read the document on the House floor.
"Joe WilsonJoe WilsonOvernight Cybersecurity: Fight over feds' hacking powers moves to Congress New House caucus will help keep hackers out of cars Defense authorization bill would elevate Cyber Command MORE, we all remember Joe Wilson, 'you lie,'" DeFazio said. "He read Article 1 Section 7.2 on the floor, but apparently he and many others on that side didn't take it to heart." That section says bills must be approved by both the House and Senate.
"The Constitution is a little technical, I would recommend what I give out to school kids, How Are Laws Made. It would be a good primer for Republican freshmen who are being duped," DeFazio concluded.
House Republicans have said their bill would not "deem" H.R. 1 as law, but is meant as a reminder that the Senate needs to show what spending bill it can pass in order to negotiate with the House.