Check this out! The Republicans want to pass a bigoted bill that would violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, so that they can appeal to their gullible wingnut base. There is no other reason to pass such a bill, because they know it’ll end up dead in court somewhere. So, when the Democrats play procedural games, they get all bent out of shape, pick up their ball and go home…
In a massive flare-up of partisan tensions, Republicans walked out on a House vote late Thursday night to protest what they believed to be Democratic maneuvers to reverse an unfavorable outcome for them.
The flap represents a complete breakdown in parliamentary procedure and an unprecedented low for the sometimes bitterly divided chamber.
The rancor erupted shortly before 11 p.m. as Rep. Michael R. McNulty (D-N.Y.) gaveled close the vote on a standard procedural measure with the outcome still in doubt.
Details remain fuzzy, but numerous Republicans argued afterward that they had secured a 215-213 win on their motion to bar undocumented immigrants from receiving any federal funds apportioned in the agricultural spending bill for employment or rental assistance. Democrats, however, argued the measure was deadlocked at 214-214 and failed, members and aides on both sides of the aisle said afterward.
One GOP aide saw McNulty gavel the vote to a close after receiving a signal from his leaders – but before reading the official tally. And votes continued to shift even after he closed the roll call – a strange development in itself.
Whatever the final tally, acrimony quickly exploded between lawmakers on either side of the aisle as Democratic leaders tried to plot a solution, while parliamentarians on either side argued over protocol.
There you go. Republican politicians are desperate to play to their base, so they put forth a bigoted, blatantly unconstitutional bill like this, and then grab their blankies and go home when Democrats actually use their majority status to stop them.
Does anyone remember Democrats walking out when republicans held the vote open for three hours on the Medicare prescription drug bill, so that they could offer members more bribe money to get them to switch?
It’s a non-issue, folks. The Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the government from treating anyone present within our borders unequally, regardless of their alleged immigrant status.
So far, Congressional Republicans haven’t found an Iraq spending bill they didn’t like, they attempt to block everything Democrats do that most voters want them to do, and they continue to follow a course that demonstrates that they don’t give a rat’s ass about anything but pleasing the idiots who comprise their "base."