(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner was raging Thursday night on the House floor after it became clear that Republicans had enough votes to defeat a bill that provided health care to 9/11 first responders.
Democratic leaders made a motion to suspend the rules, a maneuver that prevented Republicans from offering amendments to the widely popular James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
In a dramatic one-and-a-half minute speech, the New York congressman excoriated Republicans for mounting their opposition to the bill's passage on their inability to offer amendments to it.
"It's Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroes," Weiner said. "It is a shame. A shame! If you believe this is a bad idea to provide health care–then vote no! But don't give me the cowardly view that 'Oh if it was a different procedure'…"
Republican Rep. Peter King, also of New York, drew fire from Weiner when he tried to interject midway through the Democrat's tirade.
"The gentleman gets up and yells, trying to intimidate people into believing he's right–he is wrong!" Weiner shouted. "The gentleman is wrong! The gentleman is providing cover for his colleagues rather than doing the right thing!"
And later: "The gentleman will observe regular order and sit down!"
–CNN's Charles Riley contributed to this report
Wait a minute - does ANYONE in their right mind think the GOP is going to do the right thing? They haven't before. Why does anyone think they're going to start now?
Another reason not to vote Republican!
That is responsible behavior, preventing more deficit spending, in the face of hugely outrageous deficit spending by the Dems, over the past year, which have not been justified with corresponding cuts in spending.
It doesn't matter what the program is for.......if there's no money to pay for it!!!
That's the Republicans in Congress for you–if they can't have it their way, they want to take their ball and go home.
Thank you, Rep. Weiner, for standing up to the Republicans and telling it like it is! Republicans care only about their party and their stated purpose to do anything and everything to make our President and our country fail.
These kind of maneuvers are all about the Republicans wanting to be able to produce political ads saying that (falsely) President Obama and the Democrats didn't accomplish anything. Rep. Weiner and the majority of Americans saw through this reprehensible tactic a long time ago and see it for what it is: The Republicans putting their own party's concerns and quest for power ahead of the American people and ahead of the country they say they love.
I wholeheartedly agree with Rep. Weiner: SHAME ON THE REPUBLICANS!
GOP = Party Before Country
Why should my tax dollars go to providing healthcare to these people? I never breathed in 911 dust! These people just want a handout! Have a nice day! ;)
Me thinks that someone needs a nap, he be a crabby cry baby.
Poor little guy, it will all be better in about 3 months, you just hang in there pumpkins.
More like a ranting lunatic. This was a political calculation on the part of the Democrat leadership, and it backfired.
I'm looking forward to Republican control of the House and Senate in November. It's going to be a hoot to see Pres. Obama whining for two years about how he can't get anything done after having filibuster proof majority in the Senate and a majority in the House for 14 months.
It's a set up for purely political purposes. The dems suspend the normal amendment procedure to shut republican participation out. Then when the republicans refuse to vote for the bill the dems use it as prop to try to say republicans don't care about 9/11 first responders, which couldn't be further from the truth. Just typical democratic carpetbagging trickery. Very disengenguous.
republicans are anti_american.
Rant all he wants. MEMO to putz, the US is broke. STOP SPENDING MONEY, no matter how good the cause. STOP SPENDING.
This is incredible passion. I deeply respect Rep. Anthony Weiner for his courage and tenacity in the delivery of this address. The Republicans continue to stone wall and continue to be the "Party of No". It is about time that someone had the courage to stand up and say "enough is enough".
Shame! Are they human? Disgusting.
And they blocked legislation to aid small businesses–you know, the Joe the Plumbers of this country. Yet, they will call on these same heroes and small business owners to vote the Dems out of office in Nov for not supporting them. Ridiculous. Even more ridiculous if the heroes and business owners vote for these clowns. Not a shred or decency or honesty in the lot. Shame on Republican legislators for voting politics rather doing what's right and supporting Americans.
From the party that would vote for Osama Bin Laden if he had a little d next to his name to exploit 9/11 is well.... Lib.
Please, think about you think people should be treated in this country. Then go to an area that is at least 75% blue, then 75% red. I'm counting on most people being decent, if that is true than Republicans should win in a landslide.
The repugnants love to tout their support of the troops, the police and fire personnel but whenever it comes time to step up and truly support them, they quietly vote against whatever funding is on the table, hoping nobody will notice. It goes on all the time and yet, nobody calls them out on it. Bravo Congressman Weiner!!!
Watch as the repugnants excoriate anybody who wants to let the tax cuts for the rich expire and they spin that into a tale of Obama raising taxes on small business. It's all bull but the brain dead who watch Fox Propaganda lap it up and regurgitate it like a kitten at a milk bowl.
If you vote for the Republican, you are giving the car keys of America back to the drunk drivers who wrecked it.
"Those who fail to learn from history, are condemned to repeat it."
Stop the apologists to big oil, wall street and mega-corporations.
If only all Democrats had balls to stand up to Republicans, this country would be better off.
Like Congressman Weiner or not at least he speaks his mind AND the truth most of the time.
And after that he picked up his marbles and went home!!!
Shame on anyone who supports the GOP. May God have mercy on your souls, if you have one.
Can we get more Dems like him in Congress? Dems should be doing this to the Repugs every day calling them out for their hypocrisy.
All I can say is wow. We need more people like Weiner in the Congress.
When republicans will stand for Americans