House Dem jests: It's ‘nice’ that not all male colleagues interrupt her
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A Democratic lawmaker took to Twitter after she was interrupted by one of her male colleagues during a hearing when her time had expired.

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) wrote on Twitter that it was "nice" that not all of her male colleagues exhibit the behavior of interrupting female lawmakers, saying "we've got that going for us."

"What's up with GOP men in Congress lately?" a spokesperson for Rice wrote in a tweet with video of her being interrupted by Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kan.) that Rice shared.


Rice, who was in the middle of offering a question at a Homeland Security subcommittee hearing this week, was cut off by Estes mid-sentence.

"The time is expired, the time is expired," Estes repeated. "Thank you for your comments."

"You've got to be kidding me," Rice can be heard responding.

Rice called the exchange a "day in the life."

"Day in the life. Worth noting there are men from both parties who don't act like this," Rice wrote on Twitter. "So we've got that going for us, which is nice."

Estes explained to The Hill that he was simply trying to follow committee rules after her time was up.

"I value following the committee rules so that everyone has the opportunity to speak," Estes said in an email.

Other female lawmakers have pushed back in recent months when being barred from holding onto the microphone.

In February, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellEx-lawmaker urges Americans to publicly confront officials Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Democrats slide in battle for Senate MORE (R-Ky.) caught flack online after the Senate voted to bar Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBig Dem donors stick to sidelines as 2020 approaches DNA is irrelevant — Elizabeth Warren is simply not Cherokee The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump seizes on immigrant 'caravan' for midterms | WHCA criticizes Trump for praising lawmaker who assaulted reporter | Trump takes harder line on Saudis MORE (D-Mass.) from speaking following her blistering comments about Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBeto O'Rourke on impeachment: 'There is enough there to proceed' Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure MORE.

"Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation," McConnell said after the vote. "Nevertheless, she persisted."

The quote from McConnell quickly became a meme, and sparked near immediate backlash among Democrats, spawning the Twitter hashtag #LetLizSpeak.