Connect with us

News

House Republicans Conspire to Defeat LGBT Protections Bill That Had Already Passed (Video)

Published

on

Bill That Would Have Protected LGBT People Passed When the Clock Ran Out, but Republicans Held the Clock Open to Defeat It

A bill that would have nullified an extreme anti-LGBT “religious freedom” amendment to a vital military spending bill was ultimately defeated Thursday morning in the House after it had already passed. Republican leaders strong-armed seven of their members and discarded procedures to both keep the clock running after voting had expired, and to protect them by not forcing them to walk up to the clerk to change their votes.

The bill that had passed then was defeated was sponsored by freshman Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York. It would have effectively nullified an amendment passed last Wednesday night that will gut and void President Barack Obama’s executive orders banning discrimination by federal contractors and their employees against LGBT workers.

As shown above, the measure had passed with the required 213 votes. But that’s when “Republican leaders urged their members to change their votes,” according to The Hill.

Republican leaders conspired to ensure the bill was defeated, by holding “the vote open as they pressured members to change sides. Infuriating Democrats, they let lawmakers switch their votes without walking to the well at the front of the chamber.”

Democrats immediately shouted, “Shame! Shame! Shame!” on the House floor.

At one point, when the clock ran out, as The Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery reports, the vote was 217-206, ensure passage of the Rep. Maloney’s pro-LGBT bill.

These seven House Republicans changed their votes to ensure the measure’s failure:

Reps. Jeff Denham (Calif.)

Darrell Issa (Calif.)

Bruce Poliquin (Maine)

David Valadao (Calif.)

Greg Walden (Ore.)

Mimi Walters (Calif.)

David Young (Iowa)

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told reporters, “I don’t know the answer. I don’t even know,” when asked if his leadership team pressured members to change their votes, but then defended the outcome and the anti-LGBT amendment, saying, “This is federalism, the states should do this. The federal government shouldn’t stick its nose in its business.”

Here’s video:

House Dems chant "shame" during vote

House Democrats chant "shame!" as GOP members abruptly change their votes in order to vote down an LGBT measure. READ MORE: http://hill.cm/nfSI2Il

Publicado por The Hill en Jueves, 19 de mayo de 2016

UPDATE I: 5:12 PM EDT –
More from The Hill:

Maloney said he’d approached [House Majority Leader Kevin] McCarthy to urge regular order but was dismissed.

“I said, ‘What are you doing? You can let this go; your own members are supporting it,’ ” Maloney said, recounting the exchange with McCarthy. “And he said, ‘Get back on your own side of the aisle.’ And I said to him, ‘What side of the aisle am I supposed to stand on to support equality?’ ”

Maloney emphasized that many Republicans held their ground and refused to switch sides. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) “was at the head of that list,” Maloney said.

“McCarthy went down and talked to him, and [Dent] told [McCarthy] to get lost,” Maloney said. “And McCarthy then went around and twisted everybody else’s arms, and it was disgraceful.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything that craven and that ugly in my time in Congress,” Maloney added.

 

Continue Reading
Click to comment
 
 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.

NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

News

Trump Now Urging Florida Voters to Vote by Mail After Realizing More Democrats Are Mailing in Ballots Than Republicans

Published

on

Voting by mail is safe and effective, nearly entirely free from fraud, but for months President Donald Trump has been spinning lies to get Americans to go to the polls. He’s falsely claimed mail-in voting will deliver a “rigged” and “fraudulent” election, with nothing to support the claim.

Until now.

Tuesday afternoon the President urged voters in Florida – and only Florida – to vote by mail.

Trump is clearly worried about the poll numbers that show presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden beating him in the Sunshine State by six points, and statistics that show Democrats are voting by mail more than Republicans.

No Republican has won the White House in 96 years without winning Florida.

Here’s how Trump is combatting this discrepancy in the critical state of Florida:

Trump’s lie about “cleaning up the state” aside (Florida has had a Republican governor since 1999), Trump just admitted that his one claim about why voting by mail is dangerous is false.

Finally, he said there is no difference between absentee voting and voting by mail.

But Trump is still insisting just Florida, and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany opened up her press conference minutes after Trump’s tweet (and one hour late) by attacking the New York City primary election, results from which have not been released after more than a month. She’s using it to illustrate the dangers of voting by mail.

USA Today opinion columnist Michael Stern notes yet another reason Trump just changed his tune:

 

Continue Reading

News

President ‘Dementia J. Trump’ Mocked for Not Saying ‘One Coherent Thing’ During Press Briefing

Published

on

President Donald Trump’s Monday evening press briefing is being widely panned as a rambling diatribe of complaints and misinformation. The President had difficulty pronouncing many words, including “plasma,” as many noted.

Trump also lied about the timing of any possible vaccine:

And he lied about the state of the pandemic in the U.S.:

Here’s a sampling of what many are saying:

Continue Reading

News

Trump Says He Will Ban TikTok as Soon as Saturday – Experts Say He Can’t

Published

on

President Donald Trump says he will issue an executive order as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, the Beijing-based social media and video-sharing platform.

“As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told the press pool traveling with him to Florida on Air Force One late Friday night.

Microsoft had expressed interest in purchasing TikTok’s U.S. operations, but the pool report says the president “made clear he was not in favor of a deal to let a U.S. company buy TikTok’s American operations.”

TikTok has been accused of posing a national security threat.

Friday evening Vox’s tech site Recode noted “for established US social media giants Facebook and Google, the decision [to force a sale of TikTok] could significantly weaken their fiercest new competitor.”

Meanwhile, experts say he cannot “ban” TikTok.

Newsweek’s White House Correspondent Andrew Feinberg:

Top national security attorney Bradley Moss also says Trump cannot ban the company:

Noted attorney and political commentator:

Dave Jorgenson, “The Washington Post’s TikTok guy”:

Another tech site, The Verge, in early July published an article detailing “How the Trump administration could ‘ban’ TikTok.”

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. This story has been updated.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 AlterNet Media.