House Republicans successfully cut the nation's food stamp program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) out of the farm bill on Thursday, but not without protest from Democrats.
The House vote was 218 to 216, with all Republicans, except for 12, voting to conpletely cut the food stamp program in favor of subsidies for farmers, noted The Washington Post.
Before the vote, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) took the floor to oppose the cut by Republicans, but had her microphone turned off, noted RawStory.com.
“The Bible says, 'to whom much is given, much is required,'” said Rep. Brown. "And this is a sad day in the House of Representatives. Shame on the Republicans! Shame on the House of Representatives!”
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However, Speaker pro tempore Kevin Yoder (R-KS) turned off Rep. Brown's microphone and ordered her to “suspend."
Apparently, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) objected to Rep. Brown's statement.
During what is called a "parliamentary inquiry," Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) said that Republicans had been allowed to make personal attacks against Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Obama in the past.
Speaker pro tempore Yoder then told Rep. Edwards to "suspend."
Minutes later, Speaker pro tempore Yoder said that Rep. Woodall withdrew his objection, so Rep. Brown would be allowed to finish her remaining 42 seconds.
Rep. Brown started her speech again, but was stopped by Republicans shouting at her.
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Speaker pro tempore Yoder called for "order" and Rep. Brown tried to speak again.
“This is a sad day in the House of Representatives, and to separate the farm bill from the elderly, from the children, this is a shame!” stated Rep. Brown. “Mitt Romney was right. You all do not care about the 47 percent!”
Republicans then booed Rep. Brown as she walked off the podium.