“I have no reason to think that anybody cares about my words, but I would offer to say that Mr. King owes the Committee an apology,” Jackson Lee said during the hearing. “I’ve never known Mr. King to have a multi-tasking capacity but if that is his ability, I do think it’s inappropriate when we are talking about serious issues to have a member of the Judiciary Committee be so offensive.”
King was not in the committee room when Jackson Lee made the remarks.
But Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) stood up for his Republican colleague and asked to strike Jackson Lee's remarks from the record.
After several minutes of arguing, Jackson Lee agreed to change the word "offensive" to "impolitic and unkind" in the official record of the hearing.
Update: Later in the evening, King tweeted, "Judging from the many responses of my critics, they've never heard of multitasking and need to, in the words of Cain, get a sense of humor."
--Updated at 5:41 p.m.