Rep. Corrine BrownCorrine BrownDemocrats offer double-talk on Veterans Affairs House Democrats have opportunity for redemption in selecting VA Cmte Leader Women make little gains in new Congress MORE (D-Fla.) on Thursday said passage of a Republican farm bill that excludes a reauthorized food stamp program shows that Republicans don't care about "the 47 percent."
"Mitt Romney was right, you all do not care about the 47 percent. Shame on you!" she yelled as she pointed to the Republican side of the House.
After Brown cried "shame on Republicans" during closing debate on the farm bill, Rep. Rob WoodallRob WoodallBill to overturn last Obama regulations heads to House floor Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks Lawmakers clash over race claims in Flint aid delay MORE (R-Ga.) initially asked to stop the proceedings and possibly have her words taken from the record. Woodall then withdrew that request.
Brown's comments capped a rare day of snipping, anger and delayed proceedings on the House floor, mostly due to Democratic objections to the farm bill.
Democrats called for two votes on motions to adjourn in order to avoid passing the farm bill, and three other procedural votes to protest how Democratic debate time was being charged.
While most rule debates take about an hour to get through, the House took nearly four hours to finally vote on the rule for the farm bill.
The comments about the 47 percent were inspired by last year's presidential campaign.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he believed 47 percent of people would vote for President Obama no matter what. His remarks at a private fundraiser were recorded in secret and then released.
"All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you-name-it," he said.
"My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
The remarks were one of the highlights of the campaign and hurt Romney's chances.