With a higher certainty than the recovery rate of Covid-19 for people under 40-years-old, I am accusing the House Republicans led by Kevin McCarthy of lying about why the Capitol Security Bill was allowed to pass last week. They could have blocked it but chose not to, likely because of the optics of obstructing a bill that would help fund police in Washington DC.
I cannot be certain of the motives, but I’m certain about the action itself. Here’s the scenario: Rep. Ken Calvert from California was supposed to file a “proxy vote” on behalf of Rep. John Carter from Texas. Meanwhile, Rep. Daniel Webster from Florida refused to submit a proxy vote out of principle and failed to make it back to DC in time to vote in person.
That’s two votes, both of which would have been against the Bill. It ended up passing 213-212. If either the Carter or Webster vote had made it in, the tie would have resulted in the Bill not passing. Pretty odd coincidence that Republicans could have easily stopped passage of the Bill if anyone in leadership any of the three Congressman who were assigned the dunce cap for this particular exercise had actually done their jobs. Instead, the Bill “miraculously” passed as if the hand of Lucifer had reached up from the pits of Hades to influence events in Washington DC.
But it wasn’t Lucifer. It wasn’t dumb luck. It wasn’t incompetent leadership, absent-minded Congressmen, or an idiotic Congressman who willfully cost tax-payers $1.9 billion for the sake of preserving his “principles.” This happened exactly as it was supposed to happen. The House Republican leadership’s plan was executed like clockwork.
Let’s look at the feeble excuses. First, let’s look at Webster’s alleged principles getting in the way of serving the people who voted for him. According to Newsmax:
“Rep. Webster missed votes because he was unavoidably detained in the district and wasn’t able to make it to D.C. in time to make the votes,” a spokesperson for Webster said. “He likely would have opposed the bill — he didn’t proxy vote on principle as he is on the record opposing proxy-voting and was part of the original lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.”
Now, let’s look at the alleged reason that Calvert claimed, his “senior moment.” According to The Epoch Times:
A member of the House didn’t cast a proxy vote for a fellow congressman on the Democrat-backed $1.9 billion Capitol security spending bill because it slipped his mind, according to a spokesperson.
Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) voted no. Reps. Jamaal Bowman ( D-N.Y.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) voted present. All other Democrats voted to support it.
The bill would reimburse the National Guard for costs incurred when troops were deployed to the Capitol earlier this year, provide Capitol Police with overtime pay, and other resources. It would also create a response force that would aid Capitol Police during a crisis, as well as fortify the doors and windows of the Capitol building itself.
And therein lies the reason I believe they botched the blocking of the bill intentionally. Imagine the optics of House Republicans siding with “The Squad” to essentially defund police. The reason this bill needs to be opposed is because it’s a whole lot of money without appropriate designations for where it’s going. In other words, it’s a standard Democrat bill. That’s not why every Republican other than the two morons who didn’t get their votes in were opposed to it. Nevertheless, the optics would have been awful with the six Justice Democrats radical progressives opposed to the Bill over police funding.
Again, I could be wrong on their motives but I’m not wrong on the actual events that took place. If Republican leadership was truly unaware that they were going to miss by one vote, they don’t need to be mathematicians to realize they had a vote to block it literally sitting in one of their member’s pocket.
They were not unaware (though if they were, they shouldn’t be representing anyone in DC or anywhere else). They had a chance to stop this expensive Bill and they essentially threw the game.
In the real world, when someone “accidentally” loses $1.9 billion of shareholders’ money, they don’t keep their jobs. In DC, losing $1.9 billion of taxpayer dollars should have the same result. Everyone involved in these “mistakes” must resign.