Sounds from the movie “Galaxy Quest” and a Village People song drowned out a livestreamed Congressional subcommittee meeting Monday, forcing lawmakers to temporarily recess. 

Members of the House Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water development didn’t seem to hear the audio, which played for about 20 minutes until subcommittee chairwoman Marcy Kaptur called for a break. 

“We’ve been informed that we’ll have to take a brief recess now because we’re having technical issues and we’re gonna just be briefly recessing for a second here,” Rep. Kaptur, D-Ohio, said. 

Rep. Mary Kaptur during the subcommittee meeting on May 3, 2021.
Rep. Mary Kaptur during the subcommittee meeting on May 3, 2021.
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“Sorry to do this,” Kaptur added. 

“This hasn’t happened before but it’s a new age so give us a couple of moments.” 

Audio from “Galaxy Quest,” a 1999 sci-fi spoof with Tim Allen, is heard loudly over lawmakers’ presentations. 

Later, as Congress members talk about federal funding for water projects, the Village People’s “In the Navy” kicks in. 

Evan Hollander, a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee, tweeted out during the recess that the issue was a House Recording Studio feed. 

The House Appropriations subcommittee meeting was interrupted by audio from the 1999 movie "Galaxy Quest."
The House Appropriations subcommittee meeting was interrupted by audio from the 1999 movie “Galaxy Quest.”
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“While the hearing itself was free of any disruption, HRS apparently decided to add a movie soundtrack over the discussion of energy and water projects,” he wrote. 

When the subcommittee returned after its brief recess, he tweeted, “And we’re back, this time sans Galaxy Quest.”



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