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'At least he's not a cat'

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There was another unfortunate Zoom moment today during the House Financial Services virtual call.

Video Transcript

MAXINE WATERS: The gentleman is recognized for five minutes.

TOM EMMER: Thank you, Madam Chair. I move to strike the last one, obviously. Today's gig economy sprung up from the last recession. It offers a job to anyone who wants one. During COVID-19, we must make sure that our nation's sole proprietors and the smallest of small businesses receive timely [INAUDIBLE].

MAXINE WATERS: Will the gentleman suspend? I'm sorry. Mr Emmer?

TOM EMMER: Yes.

MAXINE WATERS: Are you OK?

TOM EMMER: I am.

[LAUGHTER]

- You're upside down, Tom.

TOM EMMER: I don't know how to fix that.

- Can somebody turn right side up?

MAXINE WATERS: Would someone assist Mr. Emmer and get him right side up?

TOM EMMER: What's that?

- Like a cat.

TOM EMMER: Yeah, Madam Chair--

- [INAUDIBLE]

TOM EMMER: Is this a metaphor?

MAXINE WATERS: I don't know, but he's upside down.

TOM EMMER: I don't know how to fix it.

- It's a good [INAUDIBLE].

MAXINE WATERS: And FYI, [INAUDIBLE]--

- Maybe you can stand on your head.

MAXINE WATERS: --as well.

[LAUGHTER]

OK, the--

TOM EMMER: I appreciate your patience, Madam Chair.

- At least he's not a cat.

TOM EMMER: What's that?

- You're going viral, Tom.

- This is a cat's--

- At least he's not a cat.