Stephen Colbert Hearing (VIDEO): Updates From Colbert’s Visit To Congress
Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert testified before Congress today about immigration during a hearing called “Protecting America’s Harvest.”
Colbert appeared with United Farm Workers (UFW) President Arturo S. Rodriguez before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. In August, the comedian spent a day working at a corn and vegetable farm in New York state after Rodriguez appeared on his show to discuss UFW’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign.
The effort is intended to debunk the theory that undocumented immigrants are taking jobs away from American citizens and highlight the fact the nation’s food supply is dependent on these farm workers.
Watch Colbert’s opening testimony today:
Steny Hoyer: Stephen Colbert’s Testimony To Congress Was ‘An Embarrassment For Mr. Colbert
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) was neither humored nor pleased with Stephen Colbert’s recent testimony before the House Judiciary committee’s subcommittee on immigration, calling it an embarrassment for the Comedy Central host.
“I think his testimony was not appropriate,” said Hoyer, during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” “I think it was an embarrassment for Mr. Colbert more than the House.”
“You asked me, Chris [Wallace] whether the testimony was appropriate,” he added. “I think it was not appropriate.”
Colbert appeared before the committee on Friday in his trademark unaware, archconservative character to discuss his 10-hour volunteer work as a migrant farm worker. Almost immediately, lawmakers were piqued by the performance, with some cheering him on and others shaking their head in disbelief.
Committee chair John Conyers (D-Mich) asked Colbert to leave the room. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), meanwhile, said she thought the performance was “great” and “appropriate.”
“He’s an American, right?” said Pelosi. “He came before the committee. He has a point of view. He can bring attention to an important issue like immigration. I think it’s great.”
The matter seemed settled there. But preceding Hoyer on “Fox News Sunday,” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) twice attacked Democrats for calling a comedian to Congress at a time when they should be passing jobs bills. Perhaps spooked by the charge or merely reflecting his own viewpoint, Hoyer largely agreed.
Steny Hoyer: Stephen Colbert’s Testimony To Congress Was ‘An Embarrassment For Mr. Colbert’