Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySeniors win big with Trump rebate rule  Klobuchar: ObamaCare a 'missed opportunity' to address drug costs Just one in five expect savings from Trump tax law: poll MORE (R-Iowa) expressed frustration on Thursday after he was interrupted during a speech on the Senate floor so that Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left MORE (R-Ky.) could make an announcement.

“I hope the next time I get a chance to have the floor, I won’t be interrupted,” he said, raising his voice before ceding his time to McConnell.

McConnell took to the Senate floor to announce that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE would sign a compromise spending bill to keep the government open.


The GOP leader made the announcement amid increasing chatter that Trump would not sign the bill to keep the government from shutting down for a second time in as many months.

McConnell also said that Trump planned to declare a national emergency to get more money for a barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border. McConnell said he would support Trump's declaration, which is all but certain to face legal challenges.

Two staffers on the Senate floor had appeared to try and get Grassley to stop speaking. One whispered his name, but he ignored her. A second staffer, who works for McConnell, walked over to Grassley, appeared to try to grasp his arm and begin to say something, before walking away. Shortly after that, Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Dems petition Saudi king to release dissidents, US citizen GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers Senate votes to confirm Neomi Rao to appeals court MORE (D-Ill.) interrupted Grassley asking if he would yield.

Grassley reportedly raised his voice to McConnell, saying “you’re rude. You’re just simply rude.” McConnell apologized after the incident, Politico's Jake Sherman reported.

Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee whose position as president pro tempore makes him the second-highest Senate official, was discussing energy policy before he was interrupted on the floor.

Updated on Feb. 15 at 8:20 p.m.

Jordain Carney contributed.