Polpourri: Fred Upton demands patriotic tunes return as U.S. House 'hold' music
Callers to the U.S. House are back to hearing patriotic tunes while on hold after a brief flirtation with jazz music was vetoed by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph.
Upton objected after the hold music was switched to a jazz CD on Aug. 11.
The original brassy, patriotic music was restored Tuesday. Jeff Ventura, spokesman for House Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Beard, says the music was changed as a test in case the phone system someday could let individual offices select hold music for their phones.
"We do not hate America," Ventura told The Associated Press.
He says the switch was made by House administrative staffers and did not involve Democratic leadership.
Ventura said Upton's objection has ended the experiment indefinitely.