GOP lawmaker shreds Democratic resolution on House floor

A Republican lawmaker on Thursday expressed his disgust with a Democratic resolution by ripping it in half on the House floor.

As the House was debating a resolution expressing disapproval with a new Trump administration Medicaid guidance, Rep. Paul MitchellPaul MitchellHundreds of thousands of masks missing from federal shipments to Michigan On The Money: Pelosi announces deal over coronavirus package | Questions remain about Trump's support | Trump declares national emergency | Stocks rally to close out wild week Lawmakers call on IRS to push back tax filing deadline MORE (R-Mich.) indicated he was fed up with non-binding resolutions.

Mitchell said the resolution “has less impact, less importance than the tissue in the cloakroom has."


By ripping the resolution, Mitchell referenced Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLawmakers outline proposals for virtual voting Mattis defends Pentagon IG removed by Trump Overnight Health Care: Trump calls report on hospital shortages 'another fake dossier' | Trump weighs freezing funding to WHO | NY sees another 731 deaths | States battle for supplies | McConnell, Schumer headed for clash MORE’s (D-Calif.) viral moment from the State of the Union address on Tuesday, when she shredded her copy of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE’s speech.

“I watched with great interest last evening the debate over expressing one’s opinion and First Amendment rights in the body,” Mitchell said, before ripping the document in half, throwing it to the floor and walking away. 

The House will vote Thursday on a non-binding resolution to disagree with the Trump administration’s plan to let states apply for a waiver to convert part of their Medicaid funding into block grants. 

Republicans object to the resolution, which they said is little more than a press release. They argue Democrats are focused on scoring political points and are not interested in having a serious debate about the policy.