Congressman Glenn Grothman

According to an item in the Huddle, “a play-by-play preview of the day’s congressional news,” published by POLITCIO, our guy in Washington, Glenn Grothman, a self-styled champion of downtrodden men everywhere, earned some laughs and then some groans during a hearing of the House Oversight Committee when he once again decried the plight of men: Here is what POLITICO wrote:

“GROTHMAN GOES THERE — The House Oversight Committee held a hearing on paid family and medical leave policies yesterday, with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) presiding over her first official hearing since being elected chairwoman.

“But Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) elicited some laughs — and groans — when he said that a lot of the research on the topic was focused on females. ‘We get briefings on this, and everything’s focused on the women, the women, the women, which is good,’ he said. But he added: ‘was there any analysis on the man’s side on the effect of this law?’  The female witness responded by saying it’s important to note that four out of every five leaves are actually taken for a worker’s own illness or caregiving.

“But the comments from Grothman — who once decried the “war on men” — irked some of his Democratic colleagues. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz quipped: ‘Can we give him another five minutes?’ 

“One female lawmaker was overheard saying ‘that is good’ that the research is focused on women. And Rep. Jamie Raskin tweeted afterward: ‘Rep. Grothman just observed @RepMaloney’s first hearing as @OversightDems Chair & our inquiry into the need for nat’l paid family & medical leave by bemoaning that the issue seems to be about ‘women, women, women.’ It’s actually about all of us—women, men, children, babies.’