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Dems display iPads on House floor to protest Issa

Democrats on Thursday held up iPads with pictures of House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa as they forced a vote on a resolution that would have reprimanded him for his behavior at a recent IRS oversight hearing.

For the second time in two weeks, the House rejected the resolution. But before it went down, Democrats staged an unusual protest on the House floor.

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As Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) offered the resolution, dozens of Democrats held up pictures of Issa on paper and on their mobile devices. Presiding officer Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) insisted that Democrats stop displaying the pictures.

"Regular order would be putting the iPads down," Simpson said to the grumbling of Democrats. He said Kildee could not proceed until there is "decorum in the House." When pressed for an explanation, Simpson said "members are not allowed to stage an exhibition."

Once the pictures were dropped, Kildee read out the resolution, which recounted last week's incident at the hearing.

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