Speaking on the House floor yesterday, Representative Hank Johnson (D., Ga.) stood up for some of the most important victims of congressional gridlock: children’s birthday parties and comedians trying to make their voices high-pitched.
Discussing a bill to continue the federal government’s sales from the National Helium Reserve, Johnson intoned, “Imagine, Mr. Speaker, a world without balloons.”
In his pun-riddled push for the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act of 2013, he lamented, “today, the House has chosen to just simply float above it all.”
“Too often lately, this body has sat deflated,” he said, but “not for a lack of hot air.”
During a 2010 committee hearing regarding the U.S. military’s presence in Guam, Johnson voiced his concerns about the island “become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”