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Pennsylvania Republicans cut a lawmaker's mic after he notes the state GOP is '100% white

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 10 Jun 2021


<p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60c14fd723393a00188e2586-2223/AP19127760644447.jpg" border="0" alt="AP19127760644447" data-mce-source="AP Photo/Matt Rourke" data-mce-caption="In this Sept. 25, 2014, file photo, State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, accompanied by other officials, speaks at a protest calling on Pennsylvania to add sexual orientation to its hate crime law at John F. Kennedy Plaza, also known as Love Park in Philadelphia."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>A Pennsylvania Democrat had his speech cut short on Wednesday after he noted the state's Republican lawmakers are "100% white."</p><p>The heated moment came during a debate over a Republican proposal to regulate the disposal of fetal remains, one that Democratic lawmakers argued would force women to bury or cremate a miscarried fetus. As <a href="https://www.goerie.com/story/news/2021/06/09/pennsylvania-house-passes-fetal-remains-bill-democrats-say-violates-privacy/7627158002/">USA Today reported</a>, a number of Democratic women spoke against the measurewhich Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has promised to vetoby highlighting their own traumatic experiences with miscarriages.</p><p>Rep. Brian Sims, a Democrat from Philadelphia, lamented the fact his colleagues were forced to share such testimony in the state's Republican-controlled House.</p><p>"This is just another act in a political theater that has plagued this chamber for far too long," Sims said. "We are a legislature that has met more to remove mask mandates, strip executive emergency powers, and overturn free and fair elections than we have to make strategic investments in Pennsylvania's women, children, and families."</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr"> <a href="https://twitter.com/PAHouseGOP'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PAHouseGOP</a> leader has meltdown on House floor after it was raised that his caucus is 100% white in a chamber that is 70% male while pushing bills that hurt women's health, especially Black and brown women.<br><br>He had it stricken from the record then they shut down the floor. <a href="https://t.co/xy1qwI8eYG">pic.twitter.com/xy1qwI8eYG</a></p> J.J. Abbott (@jjabbott) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1402713851251003396'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 9, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><p>Sims punctuated his remarks with an attack on his Republican colleagues and the demographic makeup of their caucus. The bill, he argued, was just another line item in "a grossly, predictably misogynistic agendaan agenda pursued by a party that is 100% white, in a chamber that is 70% male."</p><p>House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, a Republican, then cut Sims' microphone. "That's enough," he said amid booing from other GOP lawmakers.</p><p>Sims was unrepentant.</p><p>"Your boos mean nothing to me," he said. "I've seen what you cheer for."</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/pennsylvania-republicans-cut-lawmakers-mic-state-gop-100-percent-white-2021-6#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/where-run-hide-earthquake-occurs-2017-6">Where you should go to stay safe during an earthquake</a></p>
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