For those of you who haven’t already heard, the House rejected the 9/11 First Responders Bill. Needless to say I’m disgusted. Why did it fail? Because the Republicans didn’t like the “procedure” the Democrats were using to get it passed.
Now, I’ll try to explain it the best way I can. But remember, high school education here. Basically, the Democrats wanted to suspend the regular rules and ask for a high majority(2/3 vote) so that the Republicans couldn’t add certain amendments(like denying illegal immigrants who worked at ground zero access to money from the fund). Also, Republicans had a problem with the cost of the bill(7.4 billion). So instead of Republicans saying fuck it, it’s for a good cause, they almost unanimously voted no. 243 Democrats and 12 Republicans supported the measure; 155 Republicans and 4 Democrats voted nay.
Also, just to be clear, none of that money(as far as I know) was going anywhere except to pay for medical care and compensation for 9/11 first responders.
Where the fuck does the right get off? Really. How can you use 9/11 in every other way possible to get funding for your bullshit policies, but then when the people who were actually honest-to-goodness heroes on that day want a little money so that they don’t FUCKING DIE, you have the balls to say no?! You wanna complain about a mosque being built at ground zero(which is a GD lie), but you can’t be bothered to help the people who risked their lives to try to save so many others?!
I can’t begin to describe my anger. Luckily, I don’t have to. Enter Rep, Anthony Weiner(D N.Y.):
I couldn’t have said it any better myself. They ARE cowards. You can throw any excuse you want at the issue, it doesn’t change the fact that the GOP is NOT trying to help this country. They are trying to hold our country, our democracy, hostage during a fucking election year. They want you all to get selective amnesia. They want you to see that the Democrats haven’t been able to pass all of their measures, but forget the fact that THEY, the Republicans, are the reason why those measures have not passed.
And who suffers? Firstly, the people who responded and their loved ones. But really, in the end, we all do. Because what kind of country are we? What kind of PEOPLE are we, that we allow things like this to happen? As a society, we are only as strong as our weakest members… Makes us pretty fucking pathetic, don’t it?
My heart is broken…