WASHINGTON -- The House Republican and Democratic leaders generally get a fair amount of leeway in their remarks on the House floor, but Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) thought Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stepped over the line when she thanked Rep. Chris Van Hollen for his work on the budget Tuesday.
Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the Budget Committee and a fellow member of Harris' Maryland congressional delegation, had been trying to offer a Democratic plan to replace the sequestration budget cuts, to no avail.
When Pelosi, a former speaker of the House, thanked him for his work, Harris, a second-term tea party favorite who was presiding over the chamber, scolded her for turning to Van Hollen and using his name in a technical breach of decorum.
"The minority leader is reminded to address the remarks to the chair," Harris said, prompting a chuckle of disbelief from Pelosi.
CORRECTION: Harris' name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.