Polis melts down on House floor

Rep. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisLawmakers question FBI director on encryption McGovern tapped to replace Slaughter as top Dem on Rules panel Tom Tancredo drops out of Colorado gubernatorial race 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 GarciaCurbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure Hispanic Caucus to invite Republicans to join Vulnerable House incumbents build up war chests 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 must act to ensure access to air medical services GOP authors of tax law double down in campaigns We need more women in STEM — Aviation may be the key 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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