Senate Chairwoman Pauses Hearing to Respond to BuzzFeed Tweet

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June 12 2013 5:00 PM

Senate Chairwoman Pauses Hearing to Respond to BuzzFeed Reporter's Tweet

During an afternoon hearing on U.S. cybersecurity, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski did her best to keep her colleagues from focusing all of their attention on NSA snooping, which wasn't technically the reason the hearing was called in the first place. She didn't have much luck, something that BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray noticed:

A Washington reporter tweeting out an observation from Congress is about as common an occurrence as you can find on Twitter, or anywhere else for that matter. What came next, however, not so much. Shortly after Gray's tweet, the Maryland Democrat held up her smartphone and responded to Gray's observation. "I want to say to Rosie there is no attempt here to muzzle [or] stifle any senator from any line of questions." Gray spoke for the rest of us with her subsequent response: "OMG WHAT IS GOING ON."

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