House Passes Bill... for New Churchill Bust

And Boehner may have cut C-SPAN feed during Dem action
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2011 2:14 PM CST

(Newser) – Democrats made a last-minute push to get an up-and-down vote on the Senate’s payroll tax bill this morning, only to have Republicans ignore them—and apparently even cut the C-SPAN feed. As Steny Hoyer called for the vote, speaker pro-tem Michael Fitzpatrick walked away. Hoyer kept yelling, and was about to hand off to Chris Van Hollen, when CSPAN’s sound and cameras cut off, ThinkProgress reports. C-SPAN tweeted afterward to say that it doesn’t control those cameras—“the Speaker of the House does.”

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Still, never let it be said the House didn’t accomplish anything this week. Last night, John Boehner got through a measure commissioning a new bust of Winston Churchill, to replace one that Barack Obama returned to the British Embassy in 2009. ThinkProgress sees it as a “frivolous” gesture, while Gawker sees it as “the climax of a nearly three-year right-wing crusade against Barack Obama,” who they believe chucked the bust “in a fit of uppity anti-colonial rage.” But Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post thinks Boehner should be commended for reaching out to a critical ally. “Presidents come and go,” she points out. (Read more Winston Churchill stories.)

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