Senator Elizabeth Warren was cut off from speaking on the Senate floor about Attorney General nominee Senator Jeff Sessions, by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on February 7, 2017 as she read the words of Coretta Scott King, iconic civil rights leader.
The Senate’s top Republican interrupted Warren’s speech to argue that she was violating the upper chamber’s rules, despite an initial warning by GOP Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who was presiding over the Senate.
“The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama,” McConnell said from the Senate floor. “I call the senator to order under the provisions of Rule 19.”
Under the Senate’s “Rule 19,” senators are not allowed to “directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”
When Warren said she was “surprised” by McConnell’s actions and asked to continue, the Republican objected, effectively ending Warren’s speech.
Warren moved to appeal the ruling that she had broken the Senate’s rules. Lawmakers are expected to vote on her appeal later Tuesday evening.