Congressman Harris Releases Statement on Allred’s Efforts to Diffuse Tension on House Floor

January 7, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) released a statement clarifying that Congressman Allred (TX-32) stepped in to diffuse a tense situation between his colleagues on the House floor early this morning. Allred was not involved in the initial interaction between Members and can be heard on C-SPAN footage of the House floor urging his colleagues to reconsider their actions.

“Nothing physical ever happened, or was going to happen.  Mr. Allred stepped in only to ease tensions at the end of a difficult day,” said Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01).

Allred’s office released the following statement about the events:

“After seeing a disagreement between Members verge on physical confrontation, Congressman Allred approached his colleagues on both sides of the aisle with the hopes of diffusing the situation and bringing down tensions. He was not involved in the initial confrontation and at no point did he near physical violence. Reports to the contrary are categorically false. In the video of Congressman Lamb delivering his speech you can hear Congressman Allred calling on his colleague to reconsider, saying, ‘are you serious, man? Haven’t you had enough violence for today?’“