Democrat forces vote over GOP lawmaker's poster on House floor
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In a sign of the frayed nerves on Capitol Hill on the first day of the government shutdown, a House Democrat forced a vote on whether a Republican’s poster adhered to the chamber’s rules.

Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Zeldin says Congress must help states; Fauci's warning; Dems unveil T bill As the nation turns a corner, time to stop the bleeding Sessions to face Tuberville in Alabama GOP Senate runoff MORE (R-Ala.) tried to speak on the House floor next to a red poster featuring an old quote from Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLawmakers introduce bill to invest 0 billion in science, tech research The Democrats' out-party advantage in 2020 Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies MORE (D-N.Y.) in 2013 stating that a shutdown is the “politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.”

But Rep. Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterFor safety and economic recovery, Congress must prioritize cannabis banking Eight surprises in House Democrats' T coronavirus relief bill Democrats introduce bill to include cannabis businesses in coronavirus relief MORE (D-Colo.) interrupted, arguing that the poster is “disparaging to a member of the Senate.”

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The presiding officer, Rep. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackOvernight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Deficits to average record .3 trillion over next decade: CBO MORE (R-Ark.), then inspected the poster and ruled that it abided by House rules.

Perlmutter then tried to appeal the ruling, demanding a roll call vote.

The House voted 224-173 to uphold Womack's ruling, with two Democrats voting “present.” Six Democrats voted with Republicans to support the ruling that the poster was in order.

Once the vote finished, Byrne tried to resume his speech pinning blame on Senate Democrats for the shutdown. But House Democrats kept interrupting him.

Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDozens of Democrats plan to vote remotely in a first for the House Democratic lawmakers: 'Completely irresponsible' for IRS to demand essential workers provide own PPE Joe Biden must pick a progressive black woman as VP if he wants to win MORE (D-Ga.) alleged that Byrne’s remarks were out of order when he referenced House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse cancels planned Thursday vote on FISA The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US virus deaths exceed 100,000; Pelosi pulls FISA bill Pelosi pulls vote on FISA bill after Trump veto threat MORE’s (D-Calif.) comments earlier in the week describing a House-passed spending bill as “doggy doo.”

House proceedings briefly halted for a few minutes as leaders of both parties huddled near the center of the floor.

Eventually, Lewis, a civil rights icon, relented and withdrew his objection.

“We all need to be a little more human, a little more patient, and in order to have civility among all of us, I withdraw my objection,” Lewis said.