GOP lawmaker interrupts hearing statement to blast 'dehumanizing' process

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Top Republican: Democrats' weekend document dump shows impeachment inquiry is a 'farce' Trump, GOP shift focus from alleged surveillance abuse to Durham Russia probe MORE (R-Ga.) interrupted his own opening statement at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday on the border crisis to express frustration at a lack of action taken on the issue. 

“Look, I’m gonna stop. I’m not gonna read this," the ranking member said, appearing to break from prepared remarks. 

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"You know what is dehumanizing? Continuing to bring the same witnesses, or the same people from the same agencies to talk about this over and over and over again. What’s dehumanizing is doing that and not doing anything about it," he said.

Collins thanked witnesses for attending, but added "I don't know what's going to move us this time that didn’t move us last time."

In his impassioned rant, Collins said House Democrats are not a "competent and capable majority," borrowing their own critique of the Trump administration. 

"And look, my Democratic colleagues have ideas, I may disagree with those ideas, but put a bill up. I have a bill, put mine up. Make amendments to it, do whatever you want to do, that's what Congress is supposed to do," Collins said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests Democrats express confidence in case as impeachment speeds forward MORE (D-N.Y.) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In his speech, Collins criticized his own party, too, noting issues at the border have been discussed under multiple administrations. 

"And even under us, I’ll go ahead and say it before anybody else does, Republicans didn’t do anything," Collins said. 

"This is unfortunately becoming a committee of press releases," he said. 

Democrats have called out conditions at the border facilities for unsafe and unsanitary conditions, that many Democrats say have been heightened under Trump administration policies. 

House Democrats said during visits to the border facilities they saw overcrowded centers where migrants were seemed to be treated inhumanely. 

Border officials have denied such allegations.