Eight simpler words could not be expressed. "If you believe it's right, you vote yes," was voiced by Anthony Weiner a Representative in Congress from the state of New York during a tirade on the House floor. To sane, rational people this makes perfect sense. If you believe it's right, you vote yes. But sadly, for every single Republican in the House and four Democrats this apparently was not enough.
This all is in response to a vote on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act which would have extended care for workers that were at Ground Zero on 9/11 and the weeks that followed that became ill as a result of the conditions. The only way the bill could pass was if 2/3 of the House voted for the bill. In these days and times, in this era when all we hear from Republicans is a reminder of 9/11 this vote should have easily been 435-0 for the yeas.
Unfortunately we live in the ear of "no", where Republicans will vote against anything and everything if they think it will bring good news to the Democrats. Even, sadly, if they agree 100% with the bill.
Peter King another Representative from New York, a Republican, was a co-sponsor of the bill. He voted against the bill.
For all the hooplahing over why they voted against the bill the simple truth of the matter is that they could not attach partisan amendments to the bill so instead of voting for a bill they agreed with they simply voted no.
The Democrat leadership, for their part, took a huge gamble with this bill as they moved the bill to a suspension calendar which does not allow amendments and requires a 2/3 vote for the bill to pass.
The Republicans were quick to jump out and decry the decision and blame the Democrats for the bill failing. But seriously, folks, if you agree with a bill why is there any reason ever to vote against it? For all the Republican grandstanding for years about getting pork out of the bills you would think that a bill with no amendments would be right up their alley. Apparently when it comes to workers from 9/11 they are willing to forget about them so they can get amendments on the bill.
Let us not forget that for the past nine years the Republican Party has positioned themselves as the 9/11 party, for years mentioning it in every speech given at every time. Yet when they get the chance to show support for those that worked tirelessly for days at a time looking for victims all of sudden they can not be burdened with that without at least a chance to put some amendments in that will throw some money to their home districts.
It should not have taken any courage at all to simply vote yes and take care of those unsung heroes of that time period. Instead every single Republican in the House and four Democrats, became cowards. Not because they simply voted no, but because they were blaming procedure for voting no.
This all fits in neatly with what I have been saying for months and more specifically a few days ago where we as a society have gotten to the point where we do not accept blame and we do not apologize. We blame others for our mistakes.
It was classless and disgusting move on their parts. They should be ashamed. They have proven once again that they will vote no on anything, even things that they agree with, just so Democrats or President Obama will not get any credit.
I guess what surprises me more than anything about all of this is the unwillingness of the three main cable news channels to even discuss this. They are apparently too busy with bear stories to cover any real news.
Representative Weiner's response to the vote is a classic blow up. Sometimes we get annoyed when Congressmen fake passion, like Boehner's "Hell no you can't" rant but this video shows just how upset Weiner is at the fact the Republicans and four Democrats would rather defeat a bill for partisan motivations than to help our heroes.
The politicians in Washington only care about one thing and that is getting re-elected to their office. Sad, really, but nothing new.