Senate Confirmation Hearing Blows Up After GOP Senator Makes ‘Valium’ Joke About Democrat
During today’s conformation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Treasure Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, Senate Democrats on the committee took offense at a joke tossed out by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) at Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
“Senator Wyden, I’ve got a Valium pill here that you might want to take before the second round,” Roberts noted. “Just a suggestion, sir.”
Wyden gave his suggestion, which was for Roberts to keep it “brief” because they had a “lot of colleagues waiting.” As Roberts then went on to addressing Mnuchin, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) jumped into the mix.
“Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman, I hope that that comment about Valium doesn’t set the tone for 2017 in this committee,” Brown shouted. “I like Senator Roberts. But I can’t quite believe that he would say that to a distinguished Senator from Oregon.”
Roberts and Brown then began shouting at each other, with the Ohio lawmaker saying it was “outrageous” and the Kansas Senator responding that they could use a “little pinprick of humor.”
Watch the crazy exchange above, via CNN.
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