If you have seen the news on television today, it's likely you saw the following clip of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday night. If not, take a minute and watch it now. It's another example of the kind of civil and bipartisan outreach Republicans have come to expect from Democrats in the age of Obama:
What's Weiner upset about? Did Oscar Mayer go out of business? No. House Dems used a procedural trick to try and ram through a bill providing $3.2 billion in health care for those who suffered injuries or health problems related to their exposure to toxic materials at the Ground Zero site in New York City. Instead of allowing amendments which might have forced Democrats to vote to permit funding to go to illegal immigrants, Dems put on a special rule that required passage by a two thirds vote. They didn't have the votes.
A simple majority vote would have passed the legislation, but only after consideration of amendments. Rather than face the political consequences of voting on those amendments, they tried and failed with this special procedure.
If Weiner is really concerned about the health care of persons who were at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the attacks, he should have directed his anger at Democrat leaders who planned this ploy.
And Democrats wonder why this Congress has the lowest approval rating of all time?
Related Ground Zero Story: Jewish Organization Opposes Mosque
In a related story, Opposition to the mosque at Ground Zero grew this week as the mainstream Jewish Organization the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a statement demanding that the mosque be built elsewhere:
Ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain – unnecessarily – and that is not right.