This Is How Long Thomas Massie's Challenge to the Wuhan Coronavirus Relief Bill Lasted

Posted: Mar 27, 2020 3:05 PM
This Is How Long Thomas Massie's Challenge to the Wuhan Coronavirus Relief Bill Lasted

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Well, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) is probably the most hated man in Washington D.C. right now. He threatened to derail passage of the Wuhan coronavirus relief bill that sailed through the Senate on a 96-0 vote. It’s a $2 trillion package that admittedly has some bad stuff in it, but American businesses and workers need relief as the nation fights this Wuhan coronavirus outbreak that’s infected over 85,000 people and killed at least 1,200. States have adopted severe measures to stop the spread, instituting bans of mass gatherings of more than 10 people, closing non-essential businesses for a least a month or more, and shuttering the schools. The markets have tanked. It was imperative that the government compile this rescue package to help workers, stabilize the markets, and ensure that the flow of credit remains unrestricted. 

Yet, Massie threatened to gum up the works unless there was a recorded vote, which would have put the entire House at risk of exposure to this disease. D.C., Virginia, and Maryland are virtually on lockdown, with the District recently shuttering non-essential businesses until the end of April. Massie’s antics forced scores of lawmakers to fly back in case he succeeded in his effort. This move had some calling for Massie to be expelled from the House. 

In all, his Alamo moment lasted less than a minute, 43 seconds to be exact. The bill was passed. And Massie was defiant as ever, throwing out accusations of a cover up. He said the only protections the House was worried about was toward their members over the political ramifications from this bill, not the virus. HE said that members don’t want to be on record voting for “the biggest mistake in history.”

Massie seems to be the rare breed of politician that can unite Trump, the Democrats, and the Republicans in hating him. 

Now, the question is should he be expelled?

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