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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 MitchellGOP lawmaker calls Trump-Biden debate 'an embarrassment' Overnight Defense: Congress recommends nuclear arms treaty be extended | Dems warn Turkey | Military's eighth COVID death identified Bipartisan congressional task force recommends extending nuclear treaty with Russia 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."

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By ripping the resolution, Mitchell referenced Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election Overnight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 MORE’s (D-Calif.) viral moment from the State of the Union address on Tuesday, when she shredded her copy of President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll 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.