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Anatomy of House Pro Forma: Pray, Pledge, Gavel Out--Repeat Anatomy of House Pro Forma: Pray, Pledge, Gavel Out--Repeat

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Anatomy of House Pro Forma: Pray, Pledge, Gavel Out--Repeat

Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra inveighed against the absence of his Republican colleagues, in what is becoming a sort of election-recess tradition during today's brief pro forma session.

Becerra spoke briefly from the House floor after Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland banged his gavel signaling the end of the pro forma session, which consisted of the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

"Mr. Speaker, it is outrageous," Becerra said after unsuccessfully attempting to introduce a unanimous consent motion for the House to take up the Violence Against Women Act.

A modest-sized crowd watching the session from the gallery opposite the dais applauded after Becerra's short speech.

Today's session is just the latest Democratic attempt to jab Republicans over leaving town to campaign. Last week, Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Ruben Hinojosa of Texas shouted about the fiscal cliff and the farm bill from the floor after the mics were cut.

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