House Republicans late Thursday were able to corral enough votes to defeat a bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to those sickened by toxins resulting from the 9/11 attacks.
In the process, they set off a host of fiery speeches and denunciations from their Democratic colleagues and produced a veritable YouTube moment from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y), whose district includes many of the affected.
When the final tally was announced, there were 255 representatives for the measure, 159 against. The defeat of the bill, which would have provided free health care to those affected during the 9/11 rescue and recovery, likely means that the court system will have to settle compensation issues.
My question to you: Do you think Anthony Weiner is crazy or courageous?
This is a big problem with the way we pass bills. Someone can put something unpopular in a very popular bill and everyone is forced to vote for it or be the guy who voted against health care for 9/11 survivors. I apprecaite Weiner's passion. Most Democrats are wimps and it's good to see someone with some courage.
Yes, good for Anthony Weiner for vocalizing the insanity of the way Republicans are stalling and doing the wrong thing just to be partisan. How can you not vote for health care for the first responders on 9/11? its so frustrating watching this type of politics when it really hurts people in general, but particularly when these people are essentially heroes. Next time I'm pissed, I'm going to scream - “the gentleman will observe regular order!” and “the gentleman is wrong! "
He's either crazy or he's simply pandering to his constituency and making political points. He either knows or should know that the GOP totally does not care about him or the rescue workers and also does not care one bit about what anybody but the super-rich say about anything.
This approach isn't going to accomplish anything at all. You all might as well be talking to a wall.