Seven Republicans Changed Their Votes to Defeat a Bill to Protect LGBT Workers After the Clock Had Already Run Out
In one of the most cowardly and homophobic acts of Congress in recent years, top Republican House leadership colluded to ensure a bill to protect LGBT workers went down in flames. The bill, sponsored by freshman Democratic Rep.Â Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, would have nullified an amendment to the vital annual military sending bill. That measure, known as the Russell Amendment, passed, and would gut and nullify President Barack Obama‘s historic 2014 executive orders banning discrimination against LGBT employees of federal contractors.Â
The Russell Amendment passed with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Thursday night, but Friday morning Rep. Maloney offered his bill, which, when the clock ran out, had passed. But according to multiple reports, three top Republican leaders,Â Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, conspired with each other and convinced seven Republican Congressmen to switch their votes. As the GOP is the party in power, they were able to keep the clock open until enough lawmakers had changed their votes from yea to nay, and the legislation was defeated.
Now, Democrats are determined to unseat the vote switchers. The seven who changed their votes are:Â
Jeff Denham (Calif.)
Darrell Issa (Calif.)
Bruce Poliquin (Maine)
David Valadao (Calif.)
Greg Walden (Ore.)
Mimi Walters (Calif.)
David Young (Iowa)
Of those seven, four are considered to be particularly vulnerable.
The Hill reports Reps.Â Young, Poliquin, Denham and Valadao (top photo, left to right) are now “among Democratsâ€™ biggest targets this election cycle.”
Democrats will use the cowardly vote switching to target and unseat the four Republicans.Â
“An official for House Democratsâ€™ campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), told The Hill that the vote is expected to become a major issue in a competitive race like Youngâ€™s”
Already, Democratic opponents of the four have exposed the Republicans’ anti-LGBT vote switching.
â€œThis type of extreme partisanship is something we should expect from someone who has never held a job outside of Congress,â€ Democrat Jim Mowrer, running against Rep. Young,Â said in a statement. â€œThis is why we need new representation in Congress and why I believe so strongly in putting service to Iowans ahead of politics.â€Â
â€œCongressman Poliquin apparently has no moral compass on the issue of discrimination,â€ saidÂ Emily Cain, who is expected to run against Rep.Â Poliquin,Â in a statement. â€œBut whatâ€™s truly disappointing is that Congressman Poliquin didnâ€™t come clean with voters, but instead reversed himself in secret as part of a backroom deal with Republican leadership.â€Â
â€” Emily Cain (@emilyanncain) May 20, 2016
The Hill also notes local media took Rep.Â Poliquin to task for his vote switching.
â€œPoliquin takes flak for switching to vote against LGBT-rights provision,â€ blared a headline in the Bangor Daily News. â€œPoliquin among 7 House Republicans to switch votes, defeating gay rights protection,â€ read another in the Portland Press Herald.Â
On Twitter, some responses to the colluding, vote switching Republicans:
Predicting serious opposition by gay + decent people against reelection of Issa, Denham, Valadao, Walters, Walden, Poliquin & Young.
â€” Margo Howard (@Margoandhow) May 20, 2016
7 GOPers who caved to anti-LGBT leaders: Issa, Denham,Walters & Valadao – CA; Walden – OR, Young – IA, Poliquin – ME https://t.co/ZUJx6jTNcB
â€” Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) May 20, 2016
â€” Judi Bridges (@imjudib) May 20, 2016
4 of the GOP reps who switched their vote to permit LGBT discrimination were Californians. They have names: Issa, Valadao, Denham, Walters
â€” Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) May 20, 2016
@DarrellIssa Just so everyone knows, Mr. Issa voted to allow for federal contractors to discriminate against LGBT! Retweet this!
â€” Rory Vance (@rorymvance) May 19, 2016
Image compiled via Wikimedia
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‘Very Bad News for Chauvin’: Legal Expert Weighs in on Jurors Having Reached a Verdict So Quickly in Murder Trial
Jurors have reached a verdict, less than 24 hours after the trial of Derek Chauvin concluded. Chauvin is charged with the killing of George Floyd, and faces three charges.
The verdict is expected to be announced in about an hour.
Former federal prosecutor Renatto Marioitti says this is “very bad news for Chauvin.”
This is very bad news for Chauvin.
It is hard to believe that the jury could come back with a "not guilty" verdict this quickly, if ever, and his team had to be hoping for a hung jury. https://t.co/MgN6hgDMih
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) April 20, 2021
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McEnany Lectures Biden: ‘It’s the Role of the President of the United States to Stay Back, to Not Inflame’
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday blasted President Joe Biden for speaking out about the Derek Chauvin trial even though her former boss, Donald Trump, often expressed his opinion on similar events.
After the sequestered jury began its deliberations in the Chauvin trial, Biden told reporters that he was praying for the “right verdict.”
McEnany, in her role as Fox News host, criticized the current president.
“I’m glad that he at least waited until the jury was sequestered,” McEnany ranted. “But I think that the country is such a tinderbox right now, especially Minneapolis. There’s so much hurt, so much pain.”
And I think it’s the role of the president of the United States to stay back, to not inflame the tensions,” she added. “I think he should have just reserved comment and said he’s praying for the family as we all are.”
As president, Trump often weighed in on legal matters and controversial events.
After Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with homicide for shootings that left two protesters in Wisconsin dead last August, Trump offered a defense of the suspect.
“He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like,” Trump opined at the time. “I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Republicans Planning to Force Censure Vote Against Maxine Waters – Here’s How It Could Backfire: Report
Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is set on forcing a vote in the House on his resolution to censure Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). There’s little chance it will pass, and Democrats might be able to block it before he’s able to force a vote, but regardless it very easily could backfire against them, according to Politico.
Republicans in the House and Senate are claiming to be furious after Waters went to Minnesota to talk with Black Lives Matter protestors and told them if former police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of killing George Floyd they must “stay on the street” and become “more confrontational.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is falsely claiming Waters is inciting violence, and she’s moving to expel the California Democrat, which also will not happen.
Others, like House Republican Minority Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday falsely claimed Waters was “trying to incite violence and, in fact, there is violence going on right now in Minnesota because of her actions.”
Republicans are trying to inflate Waters’ comments and use them against Democrats. The National Republican Congressional Committee “is already planning to use this vote to tie moderate Democrats to Waters, according to spokesman Michael Mcadams,” Politico reports.
Politico says if Republicans go ahead with this plan it “could also trigger Democratic action as well.”
Many House Democrats are still furious about the January 6 insurrection, and that they’re forced to work “alongside apologists to an insurrection.”
“Tensions remain high in the House after Jan. 6, with Democrats privately lamenting that they’re working alongside apologists to an insurrection. Democratic leadership has privately worked to persuade many of these frustrated members to hold back on forcing votes rebuking their GOP colleagues to try to lower the temperature in Washington. They may be less restrained after the GOP-led vote on Waters.”
Democrats could force action against some of the extremists, or resuscitate what had appeared to be an all-but-dead January 6 House Commission, something Speaker Pelosi just brought up again, as did a New York Times editorial board member.
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