Republicans block Reps. Connolly, Carnahan in latest pro forma

As she closed the session, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) asked several times to be heard for a parliamentary inquiry. Democrats have made that request as a way to gain time on the floor to ask that the House return to work on looming issues like the possible tax hike at the end of this year.

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But Beutler ignored his request, and like other Republicans, left the chamber as Democrats remained on the floor. Connolly was joined by Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.).

Democrats have spent the last several weeks trying to seize time in the House to protest the early adjournment this year, which most members have used to work on their congressional campaigns. The decision by Republicans not to recognize Democrats to speak means none of their comments after the fact are reflected in the official record of Congress.