The Kentucky congressman who compelled lawmakers across the nation to go back to Washington, D.C., for a vote at the coronavirus stimulus law closing week skipped out on a vote at the earlier assist invoice to wait a fundraiser in his house state.
“I’d be a ‘no’ on that invoice anyway. I am not going to take a seat up there in D.C. and look forward to 4 folks in a again room to cook dinner one thing up that I do know I am not going to vote for,” Rep. Thomas Massie advised an area radio display of his resolution not to display up for the vote at the previous, $850 billion coronavirus bundle.
“My colleagues are fuming mad as a result of they are nearly sequestered or quarantined up there with the remainder of the Congress other folks ready round,” the Republican congressman mentioned within the remarks, that have been first reported via The Day by day Beast.
In the similar radio interview, Massie additionally referred to the coronavirus as “the kung flu.”
At the day of the March 14 vote, Massie tweeted that he and his spouse have been organizing their pantry.
Massie’s feedback, are a stark distinction to his stance on balloting for the $2 trillion “segment III” bundle.
Lawmakers had was hoping to go the invoice via unanimous consent or voice vote, however Massie mentioned he would object and demanded a recorded vote. That compelled dozens of lawmakers — a lot of whom are aged and prone to better coronavirus signs — to hurry again to Washington for closing Friday’s vote, as a result of Massie’s maneuver to get a recorded vote will require a quorum of no less than 216 contributors to be provide.
“I got here right here to ensure our republic doesn’t die via unanimous consent,” he declared on the House floor forward of the vote. His effort for a recorded vote was once unsuccessful and the invoice handed with a voice vote.
Massie’s workplace didn’t straight away reply to a request for remark.
On Monday, some of the lawmakers who’d returned to Washington for the vote, Rep. Nydia Velazquez of New York, mentioned she’d been recognized with coronavirus.