Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) gave Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) “a basic level lesson in civics”on the House floor after the Republican firebrand suggested that the Democratic lawmaker forgot that the House passed a bill to fund the government because of her age.
On Tuesday, the House passed a two-part funding bill to avoid a government shutdown. However, a shutdown is not entirely averted until the bill passes the Democratic controlled Senate and signed into law by President Joe Biden.
Speaking on the House floor after the bill passed, DeLauro, 80, mentioned the possibility of a potential shutdown, prompting Greene to suggest that she might not be all there because of her age.
“My democrat colleague across the aisle who’s 80 years old and has been here over 30 years just said we’re on the verge of a shutdown,” Greene said. “She probably just forgot that a few hours ago, she voted for the continuing resolution that will extend the budget and we are not on the verge of a shutdown. So, I just wanted to note that for the record.”
DeLauro fired back, explaining to Greene that the legislation is yet to pass the Senate or be approved by Biden and until then a shutdown is possible.
“It may be that the gentlelady doesn’t know that there is another body attached to the U.S. Congress called the United States Senate, and they have to vote on the continuing resolution. And when they vote on it, we’ll find out what it is that they do with regard to this continuing resolution passed by the House, which quite frankly is flawed to a fare-thee-well,” DeLauro said.
“And by the way, it isn’t a law of the land until the president of the United States signs it,” she continued. “That may be a basic level lesson in civics. There is the House, there is the Senate, and there is the president. And quite frankly, the budget agreement that had been signed by the president – for a basic primer in civics – is that the budget agreement passed the House overwhelmingly. And it passed the Senate. And it was signed by the president. It’s the law of the land, which my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have dismissed, walked away from, and quite frankly, don’t understand the process of government.”
The stopgap bill passed the House on a 336 to 95 vote. Almost all Democrats—209 members—voted for the plan. That is more than the 127 Republicans who supported the legislation. Two Democrats and 93 Republicans, including Greene, voted against it.