Hank Johnson, D-Deadpan, who once got into trouble for failing to crack a smile when he asked if an abundance of U.S. troops might cause the island of Guam to capsize, is at it again. From the Washington Times:
Rep. Hank Johnson took to the House floor “like a kid at a carnival” Thursday to defend Americans’ right to helium in light of sequester spending cuts.
The Georgia Democrat, irked by his Republican cohorts, gave a snarky, pun-heavy speech in support of the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act of 2013, which would prevent the closure of the Federal Helium Reserve, scheduled to shutter by October.
“Mr. Speaker, I’m relieved, and I’m sure that the American people are relieved as well, that Congress is finally going to do something about one of the most pressing issues of the day,” he began. “That is, we’ve got to ensure access to helium for all.”
“Imagine, Mr. Speaker, a world without balloons,” Johnson said, apparently in jest. “How can we make sure that the injustice of there being no helium for comedians to get that high-pitched voice that we all hold near and dear to our hearts.”
Johnson continued: “Too often lately, this body has sat deflated — not for lack of hot air, mind you. But seriously, ladies and gentlemen, unlike a noble element, this House has failed to act on Americans’ real concerns.”
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