Ham-handed, leading to egg-faced:
Republicans had called lawmakers to the floor at 5 p.m., but they began voting minutes before that, when Democrats were not yet on the floor.
As Democrats entered the chamber and shouted to stop the proceedings, Republican staff urged leaders to “keep going, keep going.” Republicans took their vote before finally recognizing Barca.
“Unbelievable!” Barca screamed. “Unprecedented! Un-American! Not in keeping with the values of the state. You should be ashamed of yourselves.”
The Assembly then went into a loud and angry debate on how to proceed. But Republicans then agreed to cancel the vote and allow Democrats to offer amendments at a later time. Democrats may have dozens of them, and the debate – whenever it happens – is expected to take hours.