Now, Rep. King weighs in on Weiner’s eruption!

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We all learned it in civics class: The U.S. House of Representatives has 435 Members. For a bill to pass, 218 Representatives must vote “yes.”

It’s pretty simple. House Democratic leaders know exactly how to pass a bill. They got President Obama’s health care reform and controversial climate change bills passed by getting 219 members to vote “yes.”

Yet when the House recently considered a bill to provide health care for sick and dying 9-11 first responders, the Democratic leadership, for political reasons, sabotaged the bill by changing the rules in a cowardly, cruel hoax, saying that a simple majority of votes would not be enough. We would have to get two-thirds.

This change meant that even though 255 Representatives voted “yes,” the bill still failed. If Democrats had not raised the bar and had simply required 218 “yes” votes, the bill would have passed.

Before the vote, I blew the whistle on the Democratic leadership for changing the rules and dooming the bill to failure. This incensed Rep. Anthony Weiner, who embarked on a rambling tirade of misinformation.

Frankly, I was a bit surprised to see Rep. Weiner react in the way he did, because he was never a major player working to pass this bill. Since then, Rep. Weiner has attempted to justify his conduct.

Rep. Weiner has faulted me for failing to use my time on the House floor to counter certain Republican comments. Rep. Weiner must not have been paying attention, because the comments in question were actually made after I spoke, and after he spoke. Obviously, it was impossible for me to counter what someone said before he said it.

Rep. Weiner charged that I waited to speak until the end of the debate. In fact, 11 members spoke after me, including eight Democrats.

By far the most outlandish thing to fall out of Rep. Weiner’s mouth recently is his accusation that I chose politics over providing health care for dying heroes. I lost over 150 friends and constituents on 9-11. I co-sponsored the bill and worked with Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler for five years to get it passed. I lobbied Republicans to support it. When that vote came, I voted for the bill, standing with Democrats, breaking with and criticizing Republicans.

Anyone who has ever worked with me knows that I would never put politics ahead of this issue or allow dying emergency workers to suffer for the sake of politics.

This vital bill failed because of a political decision by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership to intentionally undercut the bill and make it impossible to pass. I call on Democratic leaders to bring the bill back up for what will be certain passage under a regular up-down majority vote.

Until they do so, cops and firefighters will continue to die without the health care they need.

Peter King is a Republican congressman from Long Island.

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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FDNY from Brooklyn says:
Rep. King, This vote was a simple Yes or No.
155 REPUBLICANS Voted AGAINST a bill to help sick and dying FDNY NYPD members.

Aug. 10, 2010, 10:49 am
trace from park slope says:
I agree, very unconvincing argument on Kings part. They killed the bill because they expected it to be a no-brainer for republicans? Never overestimate the intellligence of the republican party. Your party killed the bill, King - a bill for health care for WORKERS IN 9/11!!! repubs are a bunch of ——s!
Aug. 10, 2010, 12:20 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
FDNY from Brooklyn says:

BS. Dems insisted that this go through a special procedure which would, in effect prevent the funding for the program actually coming from some place other than MORE DEFICIT.

Don't be drone-idiots. Our great republic is being killed by depraved politicians who are spending our grandchildren's money. Peter King simply wanted to fund the program sanely.

Thank you Peter King for fighting the good fight. Come November, the Dems will be losing the House big, and hopefully, possibly the Senate. Then we will be able to, at least, stop the Democrat-inflicted wound from getting bigger. But we will still have Obamao for two more years.

Obamao: Worst. President. Ever. Makes Jimmy Carter look good.
Aug. 10, 2010, 1:53 pm
Charlie from Marine Park says:
Mr. King tried to insist that this program was paid for in a way that makes sense. Why do folks act like the money never ends. Everything, no matter how noble and needed can't be funded by simply saying, "I vote Yes." How about checking your wallets, the wallets of the tax payers first. Whoops! Forgot, if you do that as Mr. King did, you are anti-FDNY/NYPD etc.I don't think King is really that.
Aug. 10, 2010, 7:04 pm
Bob from Marine Park says:
Charlie.. you are wrong.

The Dem bill would pay for the 9.11 aid by closing a loophole that allows foreign companies to hide profits earned here in the USA. They should pay taxes on profits just as American companies do, and in doing so, the cost would not add to the deficit.

Furthermore, the procedure followed by Speaker Pelosi meant that no poison pill amendments could be added to the bill. The Republicans tried to add an anti immigrant rider that Democrats could not support. (Democrats, likewise, could not add to the bill.)

Don't be fooled. The Republicans will say anything to help themselves but they will do nothing to help Americans (unless they happen to be rich).

Rep. King is part of the problem, not the solution.
Aug. 10, 2010, 10:01 pm
Guido Fauci from Bay Ridge says:
Almost all Republicans are exposed on this one.

State Senator Martin J. Golden seemingly attacked the Democrats for the failure of this bill to pass when he said, "...It is time that the Democrats who represent New York stand up for the people of our City, State and Nation, and encourage their colleagues to do so as well...

Marty Golden must have missed the part where only 12 Republicans voted in favor of help for the 9/11 responders and 155 voted against it; that's well under 10% of the Republicans voting in favor of the "Zadroga Bill".
Aug. 11, 2010, 6:05 pm

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