Rep. John Rankin, Democrat of Mississippi, today charged on the House floor that Jews in Palestine are dominated by Communists, and ?as interrupted by Rep. Emanuel Celler, Democrat of New York who termed this remark ?a damnable statement to make.”
In the ensuing altercation, Rep. Rankin declared that use of “damnable” violated the rules of the House and demanded that Rep. Celler’s words be “taken down,” ? disciplinary procedure which results in silencing of the member for the remainder and while not included in the parliamentary rules, preferred that members desist from its use.
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