GOP Congressman Issues Apology For “Language” On The House Floor

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1: Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and his wife Anne Garland Walton walk by Speaker Boehner's office in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) issued an apology to a colleague on the House floor earlier this week for supposedly questionable language, according to ADN.

The debate was in reference to an amendment about hunting regulations.

Check it out:

[Rep. Pramila] Jayapal opposed the amendment on the House floor Thursday evening.

“The other side may argue that this is a states’ rights issue, but that simply isn’t true. These are federal lands and are therefore subject to federal legislation,” Jayapal said.

Young responded sharply, saying the “good lady from Washington doesn’t know a damn thing what she’s talking about.”

“Now, I know your side doesn’t believe in the states’ rights. You don’t. I do. My job is to protect my state. Not your state — my state. And what you said a while ago was really nonsense,” Young said.

He suggested that she was parroting talking points from the Humane Society, and that Alaska Natives agreed with his amendment.

“You may not know me, young lady,” said Young, 84.

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That was enough for Jayapal, 51, who interjected.

“The gentleman has already impugned my motives by saying that I don’t know a damn thing that I’m talking about,” she said. “He’s now called me ‘young lady,’ ” she said, and asked that Young withdraw his remarks.

Young apologized very soon after the debate:

“May I ask unanimous consent to withdraw my offending words? And to the lady, I do apologize. I get very defensive about my state,” Young said.

“So I do apologize for my statement. I recognize it was out of order. So I hope you accept my apology,” he said.

Here’s the clip:




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