Nightly News   |  August 01, 2013

Harry Reid asks out-of-order Senators to ‘shut up’

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was trying to restore order Thursday he commanded the presiding officer to just “have everyone sit down and shut up.” NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> if you watch any c-span at all you know the language of the u.s. senate is very formal. more than just fake politeness among archenemies supposed to be a civil place, the upper chamber after all. and it usually is civil if not productive. but sometimes a microphone captures the way senators really talk. as it did today when majority leader was trying to restore order. here now the voice of senator harry reid .

>> madam president, the majority leader. -- sit down and shut up. okay.

>> all righty, after a rare burst of plain english . senate went back to its business failing to pass a big bill to fund the transportation, housing and urban development from the looks of acronym title may have been doomed from the start.