Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyMurkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump CBO releases analysis on extending increased unemployment benefits Grassley places hold on two Trump nominees in push for explanation of watchdog firings 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 McConnellTrump vows to campaign against Murkowski after senator's criticism Senate advances conservation fund bill, House introduces companion Paul clashes with Booker, Harris over anti-lynching bill 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 TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 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 DurbinGraham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over Senate panel sends Trump appeals court pick to floor in party-line vote Democrats aim to amend Graham subpoena to include Trump allies 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.