House Democrat rants against GOP during immigration debate

December 5, 2013

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) got a bit animated on the House floor on Wednesday, shouting that Republicans were "tearing apart" the families of illegal immigrants by not allowing a vote on comprehensive immigration reform.

As Polis began talking, there was a disturbance in the gallery -- apparently from pro-immigration reform protesters. Soon, Polis began yelling at the Republican presiding over the House, Rep. Jackie Walorski (Ind.).

"Do you think they want to be spending their time here, Madame speaker?" Polis said, as his tone become louder and angrier. "And you're saying we're addressing them, and that's what you're upset about, Madame speaker? I want you, Madame speaker, to address the reason that they are here. They are here because our government is tearing apart their families, Madame Speaker."

Polis's outburst was first reported by The Hill newspaper.

Polis accused Walorski of obstructing the bill from coming to the floor.

Walorski ruled Polis out of order.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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