GOP Stalling on 9/11 1st Responders…

Firefighters, police, and paramedics on 9/11 never hesitated when the call came over the radio on that day.  While everyone else is running away from danger these men and women ran to it.  Then in the aftermath they came together to cleanup and search for possible survivors; all the while being told by the government the air was safe.

President Bush stood with first responders and promised that we will never forget and that would recover; so why nearly 10 years later when it comes to those first responders are Republicans playing partisan politics?  I can understand politicians playing games with Tax Deals, and other forms of legislations that may go against their ideology but that was supposed to all changed on 9/11.  There are no politics when it comes to 9/11, or at least there should not be…  Except Republicans have decided that politics are more important.

At first Republicans complained about the price tag of the bill; the original bill would have cost $7.2 billion and would have provided enhanced healthcare and monitored the health of those who worked at Ground Zero. Democrats then setup the legislation so that it would be paid; Democrats would pay for the bill by closing a tax loophole that gave foreign businesses a tax break for bringing foreign workers into the United States.

So what is the REAL motivation of the GOP?

Well, all you have to look at is the United States Chamber of Commerce who oppose closing the tax loophole; their argument is that this will hurt relations with foreign businesses.  So when did foreign companies become more important than Americans?  So where are those Republicans like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann etc… who challenge President Obama’s loyalties?

The GOP is so desperate to raise money for their party that they are willing to sellout Americans rather than upset a HUGE money donor like the U.S  Chamber of Commerce!

Currently Senators Schumer and Gilibrand have been working on passing the bill; they have trimmed the cost of the bill down to $6.2 billion and are hoping they will have enough Republican votes to pass this.  The hope is that the Senate will pass this legislation today for it be signed by the President before the Lame Duck Session of Congress is over.

It’s crazy to believe that Republicans held extending unemployment benefits for millions of Americans along with tax breaks for the middle class hostage so that they could extend unpaid tax breaks for the richest Americans.  Is there any question who Republicans care about?


As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Talking Points Tuesdays – Once again BRAVO Anthony Weiner…


Once again my favorite Representative from New York Anthony Weiner challenges Republicans aka ‘Party of No’. Weiner in response to his fellow Representative from New York Peter King (R) went on another tirade calling out Republicans; if you recall Weiner on the same House floor called out Republicans during the Healthcare Reform debates (Takeover Thursdays – Anthony Weiner).

This time around Rep. Peter King (R) has sponsored a bill for 1st responders to 9/11; this bill would set aside $7.4 billion in additional aid to those suffering from health complications as a result of the toxins released after the 9/11 attacks. Of course this a bill that everyone should support; Democrats decided to put the bill through a procedure (Suspension Calendar) that would prevent any unnecessary amendments to be added to the bill. Suspension of the rules is a procedure generally used to quickly pass non-controversial bills in the House of Representatives; the one caveat is that you need 2/3 Majority for passage.

On Friday (July 31st) the 9/11 Responders Bill was brought up for vote; before the vote was taken Rep Peter King (R) (sponsor of the bill) spoke and called out Democrats for using the Suspension procedure. Saying that using this procedure made it impossible for the bill to pass; as he continued not once did Rep. King ever ask his fellow Republicans to vote for this bill.

Maybe I missed something but aren’t the Republicans always talking about never forget 9/11?? Well it seems they have forgotten 9/11 as they decided to choose politics over common sense; Republicans would rather say no to dealing with Democrats instead of choosing to side with the heroes of 9/11!!

The 9/11 Responders Bill would not pass as only 10 Republicans (including Rep King) voted yes; 159 voted against the bill. As Anthony Weiner would go on to say “Shame” on the 159 that voted against this bill. Moments after the bill was voted down Anthony Weiner gave one of his more passionate speeches….

I can’t say enough about Anthony Weiner, he is one of the few Democrats that will stand up and tell like it is. The best thing about Weiner is that even though he has shown much passion during these classic moments he still makes sense; there is no rambling. On Monday (8/2) Weiner defended his speech on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he continued to point the finger to Republicans who fail to look at themselves in the mirror and recognize where the real issue lies.

Republicans are so consumed with the November elections and getting rid of President Obama that they will say ‘No’ to any bill that could be seen as progress for the Obama Administration (Healthcare Reform, Financial Reform, Unemployment Benefits, Jobs Bill etc..).

When will Republicans put the country instead of their party first???

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!