As the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives finally came back into session to appropriate another tranche of $484 billion in coronavirus economic relief, one principled limited government constitutional conservative stood up to ensure their was a quorum of the House present to conduct business and to ask for a roll call vote – Republican Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-4).
Rep. Massie has made himself incredibly unpopular around DC by demanding that Congress follow the Constitution and its own rules while dealing with the fallout from the coronavirus epidemic and the attendant financial panic.
Although President Donald Trump launched a frustrated Twitter barrage at Massie for having the temerity to want the rules followed, we thought the President was aiming his ire at the wrong target.
In addition to being blasted by President Trump, Massie faced fury from his colleagues and received death threats from voters, all for demanding a formal vote on the bill.
“I was just standing up for the Constitution, and I did it in a professional manner that did not delay the bill,” Massie told FOX in a phone interview, adding, “This is the biggest transfer of wealth in human history.”
“Congress should show up to work if they’re telling truckers and grocery store baggers to show up to work. A congressman making $174,000 with health benefits should sure as hell show up,” Massie said.“
They were trying to avoid accountability,” Massie told Fox News, saying that some representatives were trying to hide from putting their name to such an expensive bill.
Undeterred by the threats and offers, Massie went to the floor of the House later that day and explained: “I came here to make sure our republic doesn’t die by unanimous consent in an empty chamber, and I request a recorded vote.” Conservative HQ read more