The rescue/stimulus legislation finally passed, but it did so with Republican Thomas Massie objecting throughout.
Knowing Rep. Massie (R-KY) was going to object, dozens of lawmakers returned overnight to D.C. to ensure his lone objection would not block the legislation from passing, and they were successful.
The bill went up for debate this morning and passed just moments ago via a voice vote.
There were only a couple of “nos” during the vote, with robust “ayes” being heard.
With overwhelming support for the bill, Massie still immediately objected.
After presiding officer Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) declared the “ayes” had the vote, Massie stood and stated, “I came here to make sure our republic doesn’t die by unanimous consent in an empty chamber and I request a recorded vote.”
When Brown stated that Massie’s motion did not have enough support to warrant a recorded vote, Massie objected again
He stated, “I object on the basis that a quorum is not present.”
A quorum would be 216 House members, which Brown said was present.
Brown stated, “A quorum is present and the motion is adopted.”
Still Glory Hunting
Even though the bill passed, there was a fair among of grandstanding during the debate.
At the top of that list was Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
When AOC had her time at the pulpit, she continued to push the narrative that the legislation put corporations over American workers.
She stated, “What did the Senate majority fight for? One of the largest corporate bailouts with as few strings as possible in American history. Shameful!
“The greed of that fight is wrong for crumbs for our families.
“There should be shame about what was fought for in this bill, and the choices that we have to make.”
Fuck you and you’re Green New Deal. The bill was voted on 96-0, which means Reps and Dems voted on it. They came together, unlike your divisive, bitch ass constituents over in the house.
Your tantrums over not getting your way are tiresome. pic.twitter.com/bgvD8d9uKe
— Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) March 27, 2020
That, of course, is a lie, as there were significant stipulations in place regarding corporations and how this money could be used.
She was not the only one, as Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) had an extreme meltdown during her time…
Michigan Democrat Rep. Haley Stevens just had ANOTHER meltdown, this time on the floor of the House of Representatives.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 27, 2020
There are surely things in this legislation that do not belong there, as Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) mentioned.
He stated, “This is ripping my heart out because there’s things in this bill that just don’t belong there.
“I consider them… Well, I can’t say that word in front of a microphone.”
I agree with him on that and I still have not seen the entire document.
Even so, small business owners and Americans need help, so our first concern is to get them their money and once this is all settled, we can go back, hopefully fix what is broken, and call out those that insisted on stipulations that never should have been in this legislation.
For now, though, let’s hope the grandstanding on this rescue package was not so long that it puts thousands of businesses and millions of Americans at risk of financial ruin.
Source: Fox News
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