Texas Republican’s debt limit stunt massively backfires after Dem colleague embarrasses him on the House floor

Texas Republican’s debt limit stunt massively backfires after Dem colleague embarrasses him on the House floor
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There was a moment of levity as Congress debated whether to extend the debt limit or default on government obligations and thrust the country into a recession.

"What costume party I've arrived at here in Washington, but Halloween has come early here, because nothing on the rule limit bill says debt limit," claimed Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), who was an official at Texas Tech University and a George W. Bush administration aide prior to joining Congress.

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), the chair of the House Rules Committee, questioned Arrington's reading comprehension skills.

"I'll lend him my glasses. It says right here in the title, 'increase the public debt limit.' I don't know how much clearer in can be, it's in the title," McGovern said.

"Did you not read the rule?" he asked.

In other news, a pro-Donald Trump religious sect — which worships with AR-15s — has purchased 130 acres on a mountaintop in Tennessee which they intend to turn into a "training center." WATCH:

MAGA-loving 'Church of the AR-15' purchasing massive Tennessee retreat for 'training center' www.youtube.com

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