A verbal flash-fire erupted on the House floor Thursday night over nine-year battle to pass a benefits bill for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the 9/11 attacks.CNN
Frustrated with Republican votes against the $7.4 billion measure because Democrats suspended the rules to prevent them from offering unrelated amendments -- and at the same time requiring a two-thirds majority to pass -- Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner excoriated the minority party.
"It's Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroes," Weiner said during an impassioned, 90-second speech. "It is a shame. A shame! If you believe this is a bad idea to provide health care--then vote no! But don't give me the cowardly view that 'Oh, if it was a different procedure.'"
The bill failed to get the 291 votes it needed for passage, polling just 255 votes. But that 255 votes easily surpassed the 218 needed for a simple majority. Democratic New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney -- the sponsor of the bill who has been working on the legislation since just after terrorist attacks -- is working to convince her party's leadership to hold a simple majority vote before the ninth anniversary of the attacks. She told CNN Friday that passing the bill under suspension rules was "a very high bar."
You sad, hypocritical, pathetic excuse for lawmakers. You would deny funding for cancer ridden first responders....people who risked life and limb to look for survivors and remains at Ground Zero. You who lament the building of a Mosque near Ground Zero.....calling it hallowed ground. You who invoke the image of 9/11 each and every time you want to either consolidate more power or rile up nationalism to pursue imperialist foreign policy. You who craft yourselves as 'patriots'...who deride the bill as not having protections against waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars...yet remember not that you controlled Congress for years after 9/11...and think nothing of spending trillions more in pursuit of unattainable military aims.
I spit on you.
I curse you.
I would see you and yours stricken in the same manner as those who you deny aid and compensation to.
You are the epitome of anti-American. You are not worthy of your requisite American flag lapel pin.