Standing Up for LGBT People and Equality Is ‘Sabotage’ Speaker of the House Says
For a month now the U.S. House of Representatives have been embroiled in a battle over LGBT civil rights. It started when Rep. Steve Russell drafted and passed an amendment to the nation’s critical military spending bill that would gut and nullify President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive orders banning anti-LGBT discrimination by any federal contractor. The Russell Amendment would carve out special rights for anyone who could claim a deeply-held religious belief that LGBT people should be discriminated against. The Russell Amendment literally would provide taxpayer money to enable and support legalized discrimination.
Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of New York came up with a solution. His bill would nullify the Russell Amendment, by codifying the President’s executive orders into law. As the full House voted, and time ran out, Maloney’s legislation passed.
But that was unacceptable to the Republican-led House.
Top leaders, supported by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, held the clock and the votes open, and colluded with at least seven Republicans who had voted for Maloney’s bill, to change their votes. They did, and the measure went from passing to failing.
Usually, when the majority party bends the rules and allows vote changes, Representatives are required to walk up to the clerk to change their votes. It’s a bit of decorum and integrity. Even that was too much for Speaker Ryan’s thugs, who allowed the seven saboteursÂ to kill the bill anonymously, or so they thought, from their desks. Democrats dug into the record and identified the anti-LGBT lawmakers, later vowing to unseat them.
As the votes were being changed and equality was being thwarted, House Democrats shouted, “Shame!, Shame!, Shame!,” but to no avail.
“Shame! Shame! Shame!”
US House floor erupts over vote on an amendment to protect LGBT people from discrimination. https://t.co/dDprhGNoLF
â€” NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 23, 2016
The bill was dead.
Or so we thought.Â
Rep. Maloney introduced his bill and attached it Wednesday night to another spending bill, a water and energy infrastructure bill. It passed, and even the maleficentÂ seven voted in favor of the measure.
But Rep. Ryan’s House henchmen were not done.
Also on Wednesday, two anti-LGBT bills were attached to the infrastructure spending bill.
One effectively overrides the Maloney bill, creating religious carve outs and allowing federal contractors to, yes, you guessed it, discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, in Jesus’ name.
The other would ban the federal government from withholding previously dedicated funds from the State of North Carolina in response to its illegal and unconstitutional anti-LGBT law, HB2.
Both of those bills passed.
But the infrastructure bill,Â a massive umbrella under which the two anti-LGBT and the one pro-equality bills were nestled, did not.
Georgia Rep.Â Rick Allen Thursday morningÂ told his fellow Republicans if they vote for it — because of its pro-LGBT part — they would be “going to hell.” He also read from the Bible and quoted Scripture. Some called it a prayer.Â
Some of his fellow Republicans, a few who had voted for Rep. Maloney’s bill, according to reports, were so offended they walked out.
Later Thursday morning the spending bill failed — a bipartisan decision, you could say.
Which brings us to Speaker Paul Ryan’s ugly lie.
Holding his weekly press conference, Rep. Ryan warmed up the crowd by denouncingÂ the long lines at airports and announcing legislation to help fix the TSA backlog.
Then he went for the kill.
Speaking about the House’s $37.4 billion infrastructure bill, which included the three LGBT-related amendments, Speaker Ryan attacked the Democrats, claiming they would rather scuttle the bill, and compromise America’s infrastructure, than allow it to pass.
â€œI want to talk about the vote we just had on the energy and water appropriations bill,” Speaker Ryan told reporters, “this is a very good bill,” he said, despite it failingÂ 305-112.
“It improves our energy infrastructure. It enhances our national security. It uses the power of the purse to stop harmful regulations,” Ryan proclaimed.
“But what we learned today is that the Democrats were not looking to advance an issue but to sabotage the appropriations process,” he insisted. “The mere fact that they passed their amendment, then voted against the bill containing their amendment, proves this point.”
Now. let’s think about that last statement for a moment.
Voting for an amendment that protects LGBT people, but voting against the full bill because it harms LGBT people is “sabotage”?
Of course Democrats and even moderate Republicans would vote for a bill that advances equality, and of course they would vote against one that reverses it, even harms LGBT people. That’s not sabotage, that’s just common sense.Â
“The mere fact that they passed their amendment, then voted against the bill containing their amendment, proves this point.”
That’s so illogical, so easily disproven, so embarrassingly false, of course it’s a lie, and an ugly lie at that.
Welcome to Speaker Ryan’s Republican House.
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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.
‘Making Up Numbers Now?’: Grassley Scorched for Saying Moving All-Star Game Out of Atlanta Cost ‘100 Million Jobs’
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is claiming Major League Baseball‘s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta will cost the city “100 million jobs.” There are just over 150 million Americans who are currently employed, so the Iowa Republicans Senator is claiming that effectively, two-thirds of working Americans will lose their jobs because of the move, which is false.
Major League Baseball pulled the game out of Atlanta in response to Republican Governor Brian Kemp signing what has been called “one of the most restrictive and dangerous anti-voter bills in the country.”
But the game is moving to Colorado, so there would be no jobs lost.
Senator Grassley is wrong. He might have been listening to an April 5 Fox News report, which claimed pulling out of Atlanta cost the city $100 million, but actual experts disagree, with one saying the amount is “a whole lot closer to zero than the $100m number Atlanta was throwing.”
The Guardian reports “Georgia’s $100m figure surely makes for a juicy cable-news chyron, the consensus among sports economists is these estimates are routinely exaggerated.”
“The rule of thumb that I always tell everyone,” economics professor Victor Matheson told The Guardian, “is just take whatever number the boosters are telling you, move the decimal one place to the left and you’ve probably got a pretty good guess.”
Chuck Grassley claims MLB moving the All-Star Game from Georgia cost the state “100 million jobs” pic.twitter.com/bEHQvTEK25
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) April 20, 2021
Grassley is getting scorched.
Gaffe aside couldn’t the state have gotten the All-Star Game back by – just spitballing here – repealing the law MLB complained about https://t.co/gXxz3JfQUc
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) April 20, 2021
The concession employees if someone asked for a soda at the Atlanta MLB All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/kz3GeHZhbm
— Ryan (@ryanhide) April 20, 2021
The year is 2050. Everyone in the US works for either Major League Baseball, the National Football League, or SBNation. https://t.co/JcD4X2wbb7
— Eshaan Vakil 🌹 (@hornetvtol) April 20, 2021
That’s 9.5 times the total population of Georgia https://t.co/6yPfjF4gf0
— *you’re (@RKJ65) April 20, 2021
What cost “100 million jobs” was not moving the game, it was implementing stupid and racist voting restrictions.
— Fritznkappler (@Fritznkappler1) April 20, 2021
To this day, Toronto’s largest employer remains the 1991 All-Star Game. https://t.co/akCKZHYRrK
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) April 20, 2021
If this were true, it would mean that one person buying one ticket to the Major League Baseball ASG would have created 2,439 jobs.
Call me crazy, but I don’t think that’s how the economy works? https://t.co/Xvyz2NLcEK
— J.D. Smith⭐⭐ (@DegenerateTBone) April 20, 2021
One-third of the United States will be employed by the MLB All-Star Game. Guess my offer letter just got lost in the mail. https://t.co/hzBFj102LU
— Pat_Garofalo (@Pat_Garofalo) April 20, 2021
Big if true (it’s not) https://t.co/mwXa3UMpLq
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) April 20, 2021
im gonna have to assume that Chuck Grassley has not watched a baseball game in a while.
100 million jobs????? how big does he think the All-Star game is? theres like maybe 100 kids catches balls in the Outfield during the HR Derby https://t.co/1KuJI16qMT
— Gibby (@bgilbertson10) April 20, 2021
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