Floating virtual lawmaker pauses relief meeting

Floating virtual lawmaker pauses relief meeting


Rep. Tom Emmer tunes into a House Financial Services markup upside down.

Like plenty of other congressional committees this week, the House Financial Services Committee met Wednesday to press forward on the latest pandemic relief package. Unlike those other committees, however, this one had the floating head of an upside-down congressman.

It’s not unusual for lawmakers to appear virtually for committee hearings much anymore due to the coronavirus pandemic. But it is unusual for them to stream in as a bodiless apparition. Asking to speak during Wednesday’s hearing, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) appeared flipped upside-down while making a standard statement on the underlying measure.

“Mr. Emmer, are you okay?” Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) asked.

“I am,” Emmer responded. “I don’t know what happened. It just came…

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