Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump Citizenship and Immigration Services head out at agency Trump-Pelosi fight threatens drug pricing talks Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access 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 McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval 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 TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Senate Democrats request watchdog, Red Cross probe DHS detention facilities 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.