Why is that vein popping out from the Gentleman from New York, Representative Anthony Weiner’s head? In a most grandiloquent display in which the Gentleman from New York appeared he was “fit to be tied”, the Gentleman lambasted Republicans on the floor of the House of Representatives for the failure of H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to pass. (see 1:52min video)
Those dirty Republicans, right? Well not exactly, upon closer inspection and a little math not so fast Mr. Weiner.
There are presently 433 members in the House of Representatives at the time of this vote. The break down is 255 Democrats in majority and 179 Republicans in the minority with 2 vacancies.
The passage of the bill in question required a 2/3rds majority or 288 yes votes to pass which means that all 255 Democrats would have to vote yes.
In addition, they would also need 33 Republicans to join them. This would be very doable except that among other things Democrats made this 111th Congress a virtual North against the South battleground experience, largely due to their ongoing national efforts to demonize all Republicans.
Instead of creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and diplomacy in the Congress as true leadership would do. Democrats have chosen to foster an “us against them” partisan divide so vast and so full of vitriol that they believe they most excoriate Republicans at every political opportunity, hence the Gentleman from New York’s floor demonstration.
However, here’s the reality of the situation, Democrats did not have 255 Democrats to vote yes on this bill. Four Democrats voted no and Seven Democrats didn’t bother to vote at all. Therefore, only 243 Democrats out of 255 voted for this bill, so not all Democrats agreed with this bill’s passage. What’s more, twelve Republicans did vote yes to pass this bill. (Final vote count)
So once again, the Gentleman from New York attempted to make a partisan war out of something that his own party did not fully support. Why would the Gentleman from New York do such a thing?
Because Anthony Weiner, Mr. and Mrs. U.S. Citizen, is no Gentleman, Anthony Weiner is a Nancy Pelosi partisan who places party, agenda and ideology even above what is good for the United States of America.
You should remember this about Democrats in November!