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Watch: Rep. Anthony Weiner's Tirade at GOP on House Floor


Following the defeat of a bill that would have provided $7.4 billion in health care to 9/11 responders, Anthony Weiner (D-NY) laid into Republicans for killing it.

HuffPost explains: "At the heart of the debate was a procedural maneuver made by Democrats to suspend the rules before consideration of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The move allowed leadership to block potential GOP amendments to the measure (there was worry that Republicans would attach something overtly partisan in hopes that it could pass on the otherwise widely-popular measure). It also meant that the party needed a two-thirds majority vote. When the final tally was announced, there were 255 representatives for the measure, 159 against."

The gentleman "correct in sitting" as Weiner says, is Rep. Peter King (R-NY).


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  1. Why does the GOP hate America?

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 30, 2010 8:35:29 AM

  2. my partner is a 9/11 firefighter and is ill from his month of service there. he's actually unable to work regularly because of his illness, as are many of his friends. he was just in the emergency room last night in severe pain because of his 9/11 illness. some of his friends who were at 9/11 have already died from rare cancers that people, when they do get them, usually get much later in life. if Republicans are as patriotic as they always claim they are, they would support our 9/11 rescue workers. i can't imagine the downside to supporting patriots, but I guess Republicans have. shame.

    Posted by: dean | Jul 30, 2010 8:39:50 AM

  3. Read, again, what this bill would have done:

    "Following the defeat of a bill that would have provided $7.4 billion in health care to 9/11 responders, Anthony Weiner (D-NY) laid into Republicans for killing it"

    The Republicans opposed this. Providing more money for health care for 09/11 providers. Words fail me as to how despicable that is. God help the United States of America if this selfish, evil band of motherfuckers gain control of Congress in November.

    I just watched that amazing video at daily.kos. That was simply magnificent. Like Alan Grayson of Florida, Anthony Weiner is one of the few heroes in Congress right now. I wouldn't have begrudged Rep. Weiner one goddamned bit if he told that Republican (Rep. Peter King of NY) to shut the fuck up.

    Thank you for the service to your country and the American people, Rep. Weiner.

    Posted by: Terry | Jul 30, 2010 8:44:35 AM

  4. A politician with the courage of his convictions is a rare sight these days.

    It saddens me that republicans couldn't put partisanship aside in order to do the right thing. I'd also like to know which, if any democrats voted no.

    Posted by: sparks | Jul 30, 2010 9:09:10 AM

  5. It's all just a grand show. Entertainment.

    Posted by: Joe | Jul 30, 2010 9:18:34 AM

  6. The thrill of C-SPAN!

    Posted by: Wes | Jul 30, 2010 9:32:06 AM

  7. @Terry Like Alan Grayson of Florida, Anthony Weiner is one of the few heroes in Congress right now.

    Damn straight! Grayson is running for re-election and I hope he makes it through. However, if he or Weiner ever get thrown out, I'd suggest CNN give them their own show and put them against O'Reily. They are smart, passionate and quick on the draw. Politicians with a conviction, what a novelty.

    Posted by: Keith | Jul 30, 2010 9:41:57 AM

  8. it's good to see someone standing up to the party of "no".

    Posted by: nic | Jul 30, 2010 9:53:20 AM

  9. Holy Crap! Mr. Weiner truly is amazing.

    Posted by: JT - the original | Jul 30, 2010 10:00:48 AM

  10. The republicans and their fellow conspirators like sara palin are so opposed and outraged by an islamic community center with a prayer room a few blocks from the world trade center site yet they won't help the now ill first responders ? My mind reels at how truly vile they are.
    The republicans, tea partiers and their media cohorts need to be beaten down at every possible opportunity. The democrats/progressives etc. can no longer afford to take the high road, they need to get down in the gutter with these people and call them out for the liars and elistist "average american hating" scum they really are.

    Posted by: jerry | Jul 30, 2010 10:23:24 AM

  11. THIS is the passion that Democrats need to lead the country! Let the fucking Reps whine and try to silence them on the floor, as they are cowards and simpletons.

    Of course when one of them yells at Obama during the State of the Union speech, its met with quiet mumbling by the Reps, but here they try to silence Weiner when its ENTIRELY appropriate to be passionate and have volume!! Skunks!!

    Posted by: princely54 | Jul 30, 2010 10:43:15 AM

  12. Republicans are a hateful band of marauders! How DARE they masquerade as patriots when they piss on true heroes that ran in to help people after 9/11? Who the hell do these evil motherfuckers think they are? Playing politics with the lives and wellbeing of people that did not question the politics of the people they ran in to save!

    It astonishes me that there are so many braindead sheep-people in this country that do not see the GOP for who they are! Evil, greedy, corporatist scum! They are bought and paid for by Big Business in the USA, and do Business' bidding to make sure corporate profits soar and you and I suffer.

    I am all for Capiltalism, but the way it's gotten out of control now, skewed hopelessly for Business and against US, is insane. And as soon as you draw attention to this, then Big Business labels you a Socialist! I mean, how dare we bite into their rampant profits to ensure fair-play and treatment for ALL Americans... why that is just not... not... fair!

    Gimme a break!

    Thank you to Anthony Weiner and Alan Greyson... in you we have hope for the future. Where are the others with a spine in the Democratic Party ready join them? Step up people!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Jul 30, 2010 10:49:53 AM

  13. I loved this - we need our representatives standing up to the Republican'ts more often! They get up their with their garbage and hate and yet we hardly respond. Time to change.

    Posted by: KFLO | Jul 30, 2010 10:59:45 AM

  14. I love this guy. He rocks.

    Posted by: David | Jul 30, 2010 11:36:53 AM

  15. Does anyone know what the issues actually are? First responders already have received both a court settlement amount and federal reimbursement, along with city and state disability payments and union unemployment insurance funds--not to mention regular medical insurance. What exactly are they lacking now?

    Posted by: anon | Jul 30, 2010 12:21:50 PM

  16. This man's passion makes me tear up in reminder of the TRUE meaning of America. I hope this man eventually finds his way to the Oval Office.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jul 30, 2010 12:24:12 PM

  17. Oh, yes, Alan Grayson, who made millions as an ambulance chacing personal injury lawyer who just billed the taxpayers almost $80,000 for a promotional DVD of his "accomplishments". Reimburse the taxpayers from your campaign fund or your golden fleece pockets, Alan.

    The most dangerous place in America is between Anthony Weinter and a microphone. He is a grandstanding showboat who mere name elicits eye rolls from his colleagues.

    The process does matter. If this bill was so great, why was it tied up in procedures and a supermajority required? Why didn't our hero, Antny, take care of it as regular business. Does anybody think Pete King would really oppose anything for 9/11 heroes? Of course he wouldn't. This is just another publicity stunt by Democrats who know they are going down (not in the good way) in November.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Jul 30, 2010 12:28:56 PM

  18. If you bothered to see what the deal was the Democrats procedural issue was to ensure that this was voted for ON ITS OWN, no tied up measures and trade-offs that Republicans would want in exchange for assured passage of popular legislation. Instead Republicans just shot themselves in the foot by showing their true colors... All they had to say was 'yes' the agreed on this or 'no' they did not. No other tied on legislation or pork or anything... just this. And they said 'no'... great party you support there! And the only people going down in November now, because we can expose these nasty true colors of theirs, are the Rethugnicans!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Jul 30, 2010 12:38:23 PM

  19. Anthony Weiner don't run for Mayor of NYC in 2013, we need courage like this in the House. It's too rarely demonstrated and we need more of it.

    Posted by: Drew | Jul 30, 2010 12:43:37 PM

  20. @linkcolnlounger- Trolling is so unattractive. Re-read the text it answers your first question. As to your second question... take off your blindfold already.

    Posted by: jexer | Jul 30, 2010 12:43:39 PM

  21. Finally a Democrat with some balls. We need more guys like Greyson and Wiener. I (HEART) WIENER!

    Posted by: DH | Jul 30, 2010 1:15:19 PM

  22. Thank you, thank you Anthony Weiner!! At last someone who speaks the truth with passion and calls out the Republicans for the conniving "No-sayers" they are. I'd love to see more Democrats step forward and have the courage to speak the truth about the games Republicans play and their lack of any compassion for the American people.

    Posted by: Jan Carlson | Jul 30, 2010 1:17:37 PM

  23. I hear "President WIENER!" chants coming in the near future. Perhaps I'd even vote Obama out for him.

    Posted by: Drew | Jul 30, 2010 1:34:22 PM

  24. Everybody should approach Rush and Sarah and ask them to visit their loved ones still dying from them run and then put it on youtube!!!

    Posted by: alan brickman | Jul 30, 2010 1:42:15 PM

  25. Sorry, Jexer, I'm a frequent poster on here. Maybe you're new.

    The fact of the matter is that Democrats have a huge majority in the U.S. House. If they wanted this passed, they can move forward a bill on this single subject anytime they want. It is the Democrats who add popular legislation to their constant efforts to further expand big government and bloated spending in an effort to get Republicans on the record for items for which they would never vote.

    To be fair, Republicans did the same thing when they were in the majority. They just don't have anybody that is both smart and a grandstander like Antny. Plenty of showboats, but most of them are idiots like Michelle Bachmann and Steve King.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Jul 30, 2010 2:25:29 PM

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