As Rep. Marcy Kaptur began Monday’s House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, she seemed completely unaware of the peril the crew of the USS Stingray was in.
“As this hearing is fully virtual, we must address a few housekeeping matters,” she said, as Lt. Commander Thomas Dodge guided his submarine toward their target. “The chair or staff designated by the chair may mute participants’ microphones when they are not under recognition for the purposes of eliminating inadvertent background noise.”
“We look forward to hearing from our attendees,” Kaptur then said, barely audible over the sound of torpedoes being launched.
The movie choice was surprisingly fitting for the hearing’s topic: members’ funding requests from the Appropriations subcommittee for energy and water. As Frank J. Mrvan, D-Ind., called for Army Corps of Engineers funds to help keep the waterways of Northwest Indiana navigable, the Stingray’s torpedoes struck its intended target.
After the movie ended, the hearing continued with Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., testifying over a soundtrack of “In the Navy” by the Village People.
“By Grabthar’s hammer, we live to tell the tale,” Alan Rickman’s Dr. Lazarus gravely intones as Kaptur introduced Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to speak.
Now we’re cooking with gas!
About 10 minutes later, and 20 into the hearing, word got to Kaptur that something was up and she recessed the hearing. “Sorry to do this, this hasn’t happened before, but it’s a new age, so give us a couple of moments,” she said, with a laugh.
Man, couldn’t she have cut off Kelsey Grammer instead? Anyway, this was probably the most entertaining meeting on the hill today.
(Hat tip: Scissorhead Baron vonBeavis