Taylor’s remarks cause ruckus

House proceedings were delayed yesterday after remarks from Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) directed at Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) were ruled not in order.

Taylor criticized Price directly during debate over funds for Gulf Coast hurricane recovery, after the Georgia lawmaker attempted to restrict these funds.

“Mr. Price, I wish you would have the decency, if you are going to do that to the people of South Mississippi, that maybe you ought to come visit South Mississippi and see what has happened.” Taylor said.

The Mississippi Democrat evenutally apologized for breaking House rules, but not to Price.

Price said later that he went across the floor to ask for an apology and Taylor said he would not.

“I didn’t feel the need to apologize to him,” Taylor told The Hill, saying he had asked Price if he had been to Mississippi recently and the lawmaker had said no. “The apology was for breaking the House rules...I abided by the ruling of the chair.”