A Democratic lawmaker took to the House floor today to implore Republicans to "wake up" from their "ideological wet dream," as the lower chamber prepared to vote on a spending bill that would fund the government while simultaneously defunding Obamacare.
"I rise in strong opposition to this radical, right-wing effort to walk our economy off of a cliff and cause a government shutdown," Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said during floor debate leading into the vote. "I invite my colleagues on the other side to wake up from this radical, ideological wet dream and come back to reality."
The House later approved a budget bill that keeps the government open for three more months, but strips funding for Obamacare.
The freshman Democrat's lively word choice raised some eyebrows throughout the hallowed halls of Congress, unaccustomed to a break in decorum in an institution dominated by overt politeness, mutual respectability and restrained civility.