WASHINGTON (CNN) - A day of frayed nerves and hard feelings in the House erupted into a shouting match Friday night, after the chamber's top Republican went to the floor with a resolution charging that Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., violated House ethics rules earlier in the day while presiding over a normally routine vote.
As the House clerk read the resolution from House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, accusing Murtha of bringing "dishonor and discredit" to the House by making remarks of a "partisan hue" while sitting in the speaker's chair, Democrats began to groan and boo.
Then, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., leapt to his feet, getting the attention of the lawmaker presiding over the session, Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif.
"Madame speaker, enough is enough," Hoyer thundered, as the chamber erupted. He immediately moved to table Boehner's motion, a parliamentary maneuver that normally cuts off debate and puts the matter to a vote.
Boehner objected, trying to raise a point of order with the chair. As Tauscher tried to ignore him and move forward with the vote on the motion, the Republican leader began shouting, "parliamentary inquiry, parliamentary inquiry" and slammed his palm on the lectern, as the din in the House grew ever louder.
Tauscher eventually agreed to hear Boehner out, at which point the Republican leader suggested that Hoyer, with his "enough is enough" comment, had already engaged in debate, which Boehner said meant his resolution about Murtha had to be debated.
Tauscher rebuffed Boehner and moved ahead with the vote on tabling the resolution, drawing more shouts from the Republican side of the House.
Murtha had angered Republicans earlier Friday evening during a vote on approving the journal, a normally routine procedure where lawmakers OK the record of the proceedings of the previous day.
But Thursday night, Republicans had walked out of the House after a disputed vote on a GOP motion to send an agricultural spending bill back to committee, and they decided to vote against approving the journal in protest.
With few Democrats in the chamber, Republicans were poised to defeat the journal - until Murtha granted a request for an electronically recorded vote, which summoned Democrats back to the chamber.
Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin objected, saying not enough Democrats had been on the floor to meet the requirement for triggering a recorded vote. Murtha rebuffed his complaints in an increasingly contentious exchange, at one point insisting his ruling was "not subject to question."
In the end, the journal was approved 216-199, on a largely party-line vote.
Murtha, a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is a veteran lawmaker who broke with the White House on the Iraq war in late 2005 and became one of the most high-profile critics of Bush administration policy.
Once all the shouting had stopped, the House approved Hoyer's motion to table Boehner's motion on a vote of 211-178. Members then voted to adjourn until Saturday morning.