Congresswoman Lois Frankel stirs response over rhyming statement on House floor
9:17 AM, Sep 30, 2013
9:18 AM, Sep 30, 2013
WASHINGTON, D. C. - As the clock ticks, the political stakes are mounting and several members of the House of Representatives are trying to make their points. Among them, Congresswoman Lois Frankel made a statement that critics have perceived differently.
House Republicans voted to delay President Barack Obama's health care law for one year, sending the issue to the Senate.
Democrats have said delaying the health care law, often referred to as "Obamacare," would sink the bill.
President Obama has said he will not allow the law to be gutted.
Republicans have said the law was costing jobs and pushing up costs.
Many representatives have taken to the House floor to display opinions.
Texas Republican John Culberson, said, "The President of the United States reached out to the dictator in Tehran, who is sworn to erase Israel from the map, the President of the United States will talk to dictator in Tehran, but he won't even negotiate with the House of Representatives."
New York Democrat Steve Israel said, "I want to make sure there's no confusion, this is is not Saturday Night Live. This is the Republican majority at work, only they're not working. It is a game."
Congresswoman Lois Frankel, who represents the 22nd District of Florida, made a gesture that some are scrutinizing. She held up a book by Dr. Seuss and said, "They call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle. Mr. Speaker, it's time to work together stop these beetles. I mean, stop the battle. Thank you, Mr. Speaker."
Some critics say Frankel's display was a call to end bi-partisan fighting. Others say she is insulting the intelligence of other representatives.
If the Senate does not pass the Republicans' measure, the shutdown will likely happen Tuesday. If it happens, it would be the first government shutdown in 17 years.