Remember how Paul Ryan was “determined” to pass the Zika funding bill?
Well, neither does he.
Instead, Ryan seems to be more intent on figuring out ways to reprimand Democrats for their “sit-in” protest over gun control. Because as we all know, that’s what this broken, defunct Congress needs right now: more infighting.
There’s a lot of lies and half-truths floating around the sit-in, as you might suspect. The Republicans have accused the Democrats of “intimidating” nonpartisan House staff members during the sit-in, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters that they went so far as to knock stuff out of one staffer’s hands.
No video of this has surfaced, however, although if their stories seem a little specious to you, you aren’t alone.
Still, Ryan’s office and other leadership staff have spent their vacation looking and researching ways to punish Democrats for the “sit-in” that caused all this unverified abuse. The sit-in, you’ll remember, was a response to the House’s lack of response to the Orlando, Florida, shooting massacre.
Frankly, I find the idea of being able to sit by and do nothing in the face of dozens of Americans being gunned down in cold blood by a raging homophobic with a gun fetish obscene (he was Muslim, yes, not that you could tell by that description since it fits so many white Christian men, too). But what do I know? I’m not bought and paid for by Smith & Wesson. The NRA isn’t my corporate sponsor like it is so many of these GOP lawmakers.
Ryan’s office is just instigating more tit-for-tat infantile party politics. Meanwhile, Zika continues to spread like wildfire in South Florida. Meanwhile, shootings happen every day in this country. Meanwhile, our infrastructure slowly crumbles to dust, because the “Greatest Nation on Earth” apparently can’t afford the sad, sorry joke that it’s passing off as “greatness.”
One of the options that they’ve floated is a resolution broadly stating that tactics like a sit-in shouldn’t be used and will end up sanctioned somehow. Other Republicans want a public rebuke towards certain Democrats.
One source familiar with the ongoing discussions told POLITICO that the intent of the Republicans is to maintain decorum and “protect the permanent employees of the House, who the Democrats treated with contempt.”
When Democrats seized the floor for their sit-in, house Republicans were furious. The Democrats shut down the chamber for more than 20 hours after Ryan refused to vote on a gun-control bill.
I can’t imagine why that’d piss off the GOP. Because of them, the chamber’s been effectively shut down for the last 20-some years.
House Republicans whined that the actions of the Democrats endangered the institution by undermining the rules that have governed the chamber for more than 250 years. Of course, senior Democrats privately expressed concerns as well, since Republicans only care about rules and decorum when they can use it in their favor — and if the Democrats are in the majority, they probably won’t hesitate to use the same tactic.
Because as we all know, the only thing more Republican than obstruction is hypocrisy.
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