Tenn. Rep. Joe Carr responds angrily to student singing

Tenn. Rep. Joe Carr responds angrily to student singing

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State Rep. Joe Carr (source: State of Tennessee) State Rep. Joe Carr (source: State of Tennessee)

NASHVILLE (AP) - College students breaking into a Civil Rights song after a voter ID bill they supported was punted by a legislative committee caused an angry outburst from Rep. Joe Carr, the panel's chairman and a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The panel on Wednesday rejected amendments that sought to allow college ID to be used to vote in Tennessee, but agreed to send the measure to a legislative study group for further study.

When the students began singing, Carr angrily ordered them removed from the room and called a five minute recess. He gaveled the panel back into session one minute later and presided over a re-vote on the bill that saw it killed outright.

Carr said the students' actions amounted to what he called "a hijack of this committee."

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