Two volatile members of Congress got into a shouting and shoving match on the House floor Thursday.
Rep. David Obey, the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Maxine Waters, the California Democrat known for her vocal outbursts to anyone who doesn’t agree with her, went at each other in a disagreement over some pork barrel legislation Waters wanted for an employment center that just happens to bear her name.
Roll Call, the newspaper that covers Capitol Hill, reports that the two shouted at each other and "engaged in a shoving match" in a loud argument over the earmark.
House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) engaged in a shoving match on the House floor early Thursday evening that ended with Obey raising his voice and bellowing, “I’m not going to approve that earmark!”
Waters has been seeking $1 million for an employment center in her district that bears her name, but Obey has decided to ban any “monuments to me” when it comes to funding project requests this year.
The confrontation began with the two talking in each other’s faces and gesturing animatedly with their hands. Obey then attempted to walk away, but Waters kept following him. Obey then put his hand on Waters arm and shoulder, and Waters became irate.
Obey again turned away, dismissing Waters by throwing up his hands, but Waters continued to stalk him, talking to his back and making a shoving motion.
Waters followed Obey down to the well of the House, and as the confrontation — and shoves — continued, Obey turned and told her: “You are out of line.”
To which Waters retorted: “You are out of line.”
“I am not going to approve that earmark!” Obey exclaimed, then hustled away from Waters.