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Polis melts down on House floor

Rep. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisTom Tancredo drops out of Colorado gubernatorial race 54 lawmakers call on Trump administration to back off marijuana The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Colo.) on Wednesday night lost his cool on the House floor over the issue of immigration, after the presiding officer warned another Democrat not to refer to people sitting in the House gallery.

Democrats were calling for House passage of a comprehensive immigration bill, and Rep. Joe GarciaJose (Joe) Antonio GarciaHispanic Caucus to invite Republicans to join Vulnerable House incumbents build up war chests Florida Dems hosting fundraiser for GOP lawmaker MORE (D-Fla.) used his remarks to note supporters of such a bill that were sitting in the gallery.

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When he was done, the presiding officer, Rep. Jackie WalorskiJacqueline (Jackie) R. WalorskiCongress needs to take the lead on fighting sexual harassment in the workplace Republican: Gitmo plan would make US 'timid' GOP lawmakers link Iran deal to defense spending MORE (R-Ind.) issued the standard warning that members are not supposed to refer to people in the gallery. That's when Polis confronted Walorski.

"Madame Speaker, the gentle people in the gallery… would not have to be in the gallery… advocating if this House simply took up the bill," he began. "Do you think they want to be spending their time here, Madame Speaker? Is that what you think?"

"And you're saying we're addressing them, and that's what you're upset about Madame Speaker?" he continued, moving into a full scream. "I want you, Madame Speaker, to address the reason that they are here! They are here because our government is tearing apart their families, Madame Speaker!"

Walorski interrupted by saying all members are instructed not to address people in the gallery, but Polis shot back: "I want the Speaker to understand that the Speaker is obstructing H.R. 15 from coming to the floor!"

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