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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Senate Procedure for Props on the Floor

Today, Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma brought a snowball to the Senate floor to make a point as he argued against climate change. Inhofe is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He said, "we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record. I ask the Chair, do you know what this is? It's a snowball--just from outside here. So it's very, very cold out."

The purpose of Inhofe's demonstration was to prove his belief that human activity is not causing global warming. Senate procedure requires a unanimous vote for the use of a prop on the floor, which was granted to him retroactively.

Full video here

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