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Rep. Thomas Massie – Principled or Misguided?

Even as the House of Representatives continues to debate the passage of a $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus relief bill, Rep. Thomas Massie, (R-KY) says that he will insist on a counted vote which necessarily requires that a quorum be present in the House.  His plan to do so has drawn both praise and criticism.  Notably, the President has called him a “third rate grandstander” and called for his expulsion from the Republican party.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, Massie explains that he took an oath to uphold the Constitution and that the same Constitution requires that members vote on the bill.  He goes on to decry many of the apparently unrelated liberal pet projects that were inserted into the bill.

The reaction to Massie’s plan is varied, not only in response to his Twitter thread, but also on my own Twitter feed.  Some posters are applauding him for his principled response.  Others are calling him out as being an opportunistic headline grabber.

I am conflicted about how I feel about Massie’s plan.  On the one hand, I totally understand the Congress’ desire to infuse the economy with stimulus to get us over this Coronavirus hump.  On the other hand, it comes $2.2 TRILLION price tag.  One Democrat after another has risen to speak, saying that even $2.2 TRILLION does not go far enough.  Many Republicans have indicated that they will hold their noses and vote for the bill…not because they want to spend the money, but because they hear from their constituents and genuinely want to provide necessary support to health care workers and first responders who are heroically manning their posts to fight this invisible enemy.

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