Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) likes memes. How do we know? Because this is a poster that the junior senator from Connecticut used in a Thursday afternoon floor speech about a Republican lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act.
“This is a pretty good summary of what the Republicans’ plan is to respond to King v. Burwell,” Murphy said.
The King case, which the Supreme Court is expected to decide this summer, involves a challenge to the Obama administration’s authority to provide insurance subsidies to people who live in states that didn’t set up their own healthcare exchanges, which the ACA recommended. If the challengers win, subsidies will stop flowing to people on the federal healthcare exchange, which could result in millions of people losing their insurance.
In response, Murphy said, Republicans in Congress offered little more than “a shrug of the shoulders.”
In case you need Murphy’s poster translated fully into ASCII art, it’s this:
|￣￣￣￣￣ ￣|— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) May 21, 2015
| ¯_(ツ)_/¯ |
| ＿＿＿＿＿＿ |
/ づ https://t.co/07GaKX0l6I
Reactions to the congressional shruggie were mixed.
the shruggie is in the congressional record, we did it! time to close the internet.— Becca Laurie (@imbeccable) May 21, 2015
guys do not reward the politician using memes— Philip Bump (@pbump) May 21, 2015
the shruggie has made it you guys— Peter Labuza (@labuzamovies) May 21, 2015
we did it
or like ¯_(ツ)_/¯
The shruggie was a big hit among journalists, of course, particularly those congressional reporters sitting around wishing they had a big story to cover. (This reporter includes himself in that group.)
~2075~— Sylvan Lane (@SylvanLane) May 21, 2015
"Grandpa what was the most important story you covered?"
"Let me tell you about the first Senate shruggie…" https://t.co/mVHGXLdMlh
Darth, meanwhile, just went on doing his thing.
ok things are getting brutal on the senate floor rn pic.twitter.com/35ofhB0ORk— darth™ (@darth) May 21, 2015
Perhaps Murphy was excited to learn that the shruggie was among the 38 new emoji that the Unicode Consortium will introduce next year.
Screengrab via C-SPAN