Congressman In Hot Water After ‘Bored’ Tweet During Internet Privacy Bill Markup

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is under fire after he tweeted that he was bored and surfing the internet during a markup of the controversial “Stop Online Piracy Act.”

Steve King Tweet

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), the lawmaker he was apparently tired of listening to, did not take kindly to the tweet, calling it “offensive” several hours later.

“I have no reason to think that anybody cares about my words, but I would offer to say that Mr. King owes the Committee an apology,” she said later, bringing the hearing to a halt for several minutes. “I’ve never known Mr. King to have a multi-tasking capacity but if that is his ability, I do think it’s inappropriate when we are talking about serious issues to have a member of the Judiciary Committee be so offensive.”

The Hill reports that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) defended King from Jackson Lee’s response, and asked that her remarks be stricken from the congressional record.

“After several minutes of arguing, Jackson Lee agreed to change the word “offensive” to “impolitic and unkind” in the official record of the hearing.”