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C-SPAN Says Speaker Boehner’s Office Is To Blame For Channel Going Silent After Call For Payroll Tax Vote

This morning, as Maryland’s Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) tried to call for a vote to extend the payroll tax, his Republican colleagues adjourned the House and proceeded to walk out of the chamber one by one. Then, as Hoyer chastised them for leaving, C-SPAN unceremoniously went silent and cut its coverage.

C-SPAN later explained that the decision to go silent was not the network’s own but, rather, the doing of someone working for House Speaker John Boehner.

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Here’s what Hoyer told his colleagues before thing went silent:

As you walk off the floor, Mr. Speaker, you’re walking away, just as so many Republicans have walked away, from taxpayers, the unemployed, and very frankly as well, from those who will be seeking medical assistance from their doctors, 48 million senior citizens.

We regret, Mr. Speaker, that you have walked off the platform without addressing the issue of critical importance to this country, and that is the continuation of the middle class tax cut, the continuation of unemployment benefits for those at risk of losing them, and a continuation of the access to doctors for all those 48 million seniors who rely on them daily for help.

Have a look at what happened, via C-SPAN:

h/t Raw Story

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