During the House of Representatives' debate over the coronavirus relief bill that unanimously passed the Senate, Democratic Rep. Haley Stevens of Michigan ran out of her allotted time — and she didn't take it well.
Stevens started off reading a relatively normal speech about the impact coronavirus has had on Americans, imploring lawmakers to take strong measures to help them and to listen to the advice of public health experts on how to respond.
But lawmakers were only allowed a minute during the structured debate, and when she was told her time was up, she asked for more time.
Now, there are a couple of ways one can handle the need for more time to speak in this situation. Here's how Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney approached it:
Contrast that with @RepLizCheney less than 30 minutes later when more time was needed https://t.co/sdJzoaIERK— Robert Donachie (@Robert Donachie)1585320519.0
She calmly asked for more time, and more time was yielded to her so she could continue speaking. No conflict, and order is maintained.
On the flip side, there's the tactic Rep. Stevens chose, which was to start screaming with increasing intensity in an attempt to drown out anyone who might silence her, which also served the purpose of making it much more difficult for her colleague to yield an additional 30 seconds to her.
Surgical gloves and a lot of passion https://t.co/T4QJbANNz2— Robert Donachie (@Robert Donachie)1585319142.0
As Stevens' rant is ramping up, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is trying to calm her down and let her know she's getting more time, but Stevens does not stop. The result is somewhat chaotic, and additionally no one can really understand or process what Stevens is so desperate to say. Again it is important to note that she was being granted more time, without the screaming.
Later Friday, the House passed the $2 trillion stimulus package that the Senate had approved late Wednesday, which will send money to American individuals and families and allocate hundreds of billions of dollars to small businesses and industries devastated by the impact of coronavirus shutdowns.