Democrats Blasts Republicans On The House Floor Over Procedural Objection
August 5, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
An enraged Democratic lawmaker publicly lashed out at House Republicans last week for their procedural objection to an amendment that would provide healthcare to 9/11 first responders.
The majority of Republicans opposed the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act because Democrats utilized a maneuver that prevented any amendments from being offered.
During his 90-second tirade on the House floor, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) erupted at the GOP after it became clear that the Republicans had enough votes to defeat the bill in its current form, according to CBS News.
"It’s Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroes," Weiner screamed. "It is a shame. A shame! If you believe this is a bad idea to provide healthcare, then vote no! But don’t give me the cowardly view that ‘Oh if it was a different procedure’…"
Due to the fact that Democrats chose to bypass the amendment process, the measure needed a two-thirds vote to pass. The bill failed to pass—with 255 representatives voting for the bill and 159 voting against it.