Saturday, July 31, 2010

God Bless Anthony Weiner for blasting out the truth!

Republicans in the House VOTED DOWN a health care bill for 9/11 First Responders, whining that the procedures in which it had been brought to a vote weren't right. (In order to avoid GOP obstructionism, the Dems in the House brought the vote through a procedure that prevented GOP members from removing or tacking onto the bill endlessly, thereby keeping a vote from ever taking place.) Having been circumvented in their usual obstructionist tactics, the GOP members voted against it, refusing to pass the bill. Republican Rep. Peter King whined on and on about the procedures, in an effort to fool the people and protect his party members. But, reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Rep. Anthony Weiner stormed up to the front of the chamber and BLASTED out the Truth! A memorable speech by Weiner! But because of Republican a--hole-ism, the bill didn't pass, and the 9/11 first responders still have no help coming their way. Watch the video.


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As Karoli and I already posted, Rep. Anthony Weiner ripped into the Republicans for blocking the 9-11 Responders Bill. What neither of us had earlier was Rep. Peter King's hackery on the House floor that set him off. Since Countdown covered it, I thought I'd share it here.

TPM also caught their exchange on Fox News the day after the dust up on the House floor where Anthony Weiner ripped into Pete King again.

Peter King And Anthony Weiner Shout Their Way Through A Fox News Interview (VIDEO):

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) went on an apoplectic rant on the House floor last night, and apparently he hasn't cooled off much since then.

Earlier this morning, Weiner and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) shouted and finger-pointed their way through a Fox News interview over a bill that would provide health care to rescue workers effected by the dust from the World Trade Center, which failed in the House last night.

King accused the Democrats of orchestrating a "cruel hoax" with the bill, while Weiner called it "outrageous" that Republicans would vote against it.

Weiner was furious last night that most of the "cowardly" Republicans voted against the bill and then blamed it on "procedure." Exclaimed Weiner: "You vote yes if you believe yes! You vote in favor of something if you believe it's the right thing! If you believe it's the wrong thing, you vote no!"

On America's Newsroom today, King, who is the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Homeland Security, said that "the bottom line is the Democrats control the House, and they pulled a procedural gimmick starting ten days ago, and they lost the nerve to bring it to the floor on a real vote."

He also called the whole situation a "cruel hoax," and accused the Democrats of "moral cowardice."

"They control the House," said King. "They could have passed this."

Weiner shot back: "You know for all the whining about the process, we had an up-or-down vote. Do you know what percentage of Republicans voted for it? Seven percent." Only twelve Republicans voted in favor of the bill.

"Your rant last night about the process and how bad the process was gave cover for your colleagues," said Weiner adding, "Twelve Peter? That's all you could muster?"