Dem lawmaker shut down after playing recording from detention center on House floor
The Hill ^ | 06/22/18 | Mallory Shelbourne
Posted on 6/22/2018, 3:52:57 PM by yesthatjallen
A Democratic lawmaker was shut down on the floor of the House on Friday after playing an audio recording of crying children who were separated from their families at the southern border.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said the American people should hear the recording, which was obtained by ProPublica.
“Imagine being ripped away from your mother or father and not knowing if you’re ever going to see them again, and then being placed in a detention facility with strangers. Imagine the horror you will see doing that. What must that sound like?” Lieu said before starting the recording.
After several seconds, Rep. Karen Handel (R-Ga.), the presiding officer at the time in the House, made several attempts to shut Lieu down, telling the California congressman that he was “in breach of decorum.”
“Why are you trying to prevent the American people from listening to what it sounds like in a detention facility?” Lieu asked Handel.
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