Capitol Hill veterans know how boring committee hearings can be, but one freshman Member learned the hard way.
Rep. Tim Scott recently landed a spot on the House Rules Committee and promptly fell asleep during the panel’s first meeting, an HOH spy says. The South Carolina Republican was dozing at his desk during the hearing Thursday, the spy says.
“The new Republican Members just can’t win today. First Rep.-elect [Mike] Fitzpatrick [R-Pa.] needs to be sworn in after a snafu and then Rep. Scott falls asleep in his first Rules Committee hearing?” our tipster says.
Scott aide Joe McKeown says things aren’t what they seemed.
“Tim wasn’t sleeping. He had his iPad on his lap,” McKeown says. “You’ll see him doing that all the time.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.