A House panel was forced to recess briefly after the ‘Galaxy Quest’ theme started playing in the background

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“Galaxy Quest” started playing during a hearing, forcing members to recess.

  • A House hearing was interrupted by audio from “Galaxy Quest” playing in the background.
  • A famous line of the movie could be heard before lawmakers recessed: “By Grabthar’s hammer, you shall be avenged!”
  • A Democratic spokesman said it was due to a technical issue and the hearing restarted.
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A House panel briefly recessed on Monday afternoon after the theme to “Galaxy Quest” started playing loudly during a hearing.

For a little over 20 minutes, audio for a House Appropriations subcommittee on Energy and Water hearing was interspersed with music from The Village People as well as sound from the 2000 movie “Galaxy Quest,” CNN’s Kristen Wilson reported.

Members of Congress like Rep. Frank Mrvan of Indiana continued testifying, apparently unaware of the audio issue.

Part of the appropriations hearing was punctured with a famous line from the movie: “By Grabthar’s hammer, you shall be avenged!”

Evan Hollander, the spokesperson for the Appropriations Committee, said the interruption was due to “an issue with the House Recording Studio feed.”

“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,” Hollander wrote on Twitter.

The hearing commenced after the technical issue.

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