WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee stalked out of a hearing in the Longworth Office Building infuriated by changes to a pension bill.
The Democrats holed up in an adjacent library and Rep. Bill Thomas, the committee's chairman, (R-Calif.) summoned the Capitol police Friday.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, then initiated a motion on the House floor, to rebuke Thomas and said, "It was about power, abuse of power."
Democrats insisted that Thomas ordered the police to evict them from the library, the New York Times reports.
The Republicans blamed Californian, Rep. Pete Stark, the lone Democrat who remained in the hearing room to monitor the proceedings after his colleagues left.
Republicans said Thomas had to call police to restore order after Stark threatened Rep. Scott McInnis, (R-Colo.) and called him "a wimp" and "a fruitcake."
The House voted 170 to 143 to set aside Pelosi's motion.