CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | It’s been a hard week in Congress. House Republicans and Democrats are dueling over funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and there’s uproar over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking before Congress next week.
Rep. Mike Honda, for one, is apparently exhausted. Need proof?
C-SPAN noticed the 73-year-old Honda counting blue donkeys in his sleep Friday during a discussion about breaking the longjam over Homeland Security’s budget.
In the video, Honda appears to have been awaken by fellow California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard’s introduction to speak on the House floor. However, Honda then squeezes his eyes tightly together, cocks his head to his right shoulder and is out, again.
Soon, thereafter, a gentleman, possibly Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) walks in front of Honda’s seat and momentarily startles Honda out of his slumber.
For his part, Honda acknowledged his moment of sleepy time in response to a tweet from a C-SPAN reporter. “Yes, I’m tired of the GOP playing games with out national security,” joked Honda in a tweet.
During Honda’s re-election campaign, San Jose Inside highlighted Honda possibly falling asleep during a community meeting in November 2013. However, video of that incident was less than conclusive. Instead, Honda may have been merely resting his eyes for a moment since the alleged naptime clocked in at under 30 seconds.