Kudos to Rep. Anthony Weiner
by Charles Lemos, Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 03:57:51 PM EDT
Rep. Anthony Weiner who represents the New York Ninth Congressional District went ballistic on the House floor Thursday over his Republican colleagues' procedural objection to an amendment to the Public Health Services Act. The amendment would extend and improve health care benefits for 9/11 victims suffering from lasting health complications. The bill ultimately failed to get the needed two-thirds majority, 255-159, setting the stage for Rep. Weiner's outburst.
More from Talking Points Memo:
In a rant that lasted for almost two minutes, a hopping mad Weiner railed against "cowardly" Republicans who claimed they were voting against the bill because of "procedure." Weiner spat: "It's Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans, rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroes!"
Weiner attacked those who "stand up and say, 'Oh, if only we had a different process we'd vote yes.' 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!"
"It is a shame! A shame," he exclaimed.
Kudos to Rep. Weiner. The Republicans are shameless and they need to be called on it.