Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) went on an apoplectic rant on the House floor last night, and apparently he hasn’t cooled off much since then.
Earlier this morning, Weiner and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) shouted and finger-pointed their way through a Fox News interview over a bill that would provide health care to rescue workers effected by the dust from the World Trade Center, which failed in the House last night.
King accused the Democrats of orchestrating a “cruel hoax” with the bill, while Weiner called it “outrageous” that Republicans would vote against it.Weiner was furious last night that most of the “cowardly” Republicans voted against the bill and then blamed it on “procedure.” Exclaimed Weiner: “You vote yes if you believe yes! You vote in favor of something if you believe it’s the right thing! If you believe it’s the wrong thing, you vote no!”
On America’s Newsroom today, King, who is the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Homeland Security, said that “the bottom line is the Democrats control the House, and they pulled a procedural gimmick starting ten days ago, and they lost the nerve to bring it to the floor on a real vote.”
He also called the whole situation a “cruel hoax,” and accused the Democrats of “moral cowardice.”
“They control the House,” said King. “They could have passed this.”
Weiner shot back: “You know for all the whining about the process, we had an up-or-down vote. Do you know what percentage of Republicans voted for it? Seven percent.” Only twelve Republicans voted in favor of the bill.
“Your rant last night about the process and how bad the process was gave cover for your colleagues,” said Weiner adding, “Twelve Peter? That’s all you could muster?”
At this point King and Weiner were basically just yelling over each other, with host Bill Hemmer feebly attempting to get a word in edgewise. But amidst the fray, King accused the Democrats of “phony hypocrisy” and trying to score a “cheap political point.”
“Here’s the point,” Weiner fired back. “We support it, your guys don’t. That’s outrageous to oppose this bill.”