Rep. Weiner Outburst Costs Republican Votes As Strategy Backfires

August 2nd, 2010 - 7:59 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

August 2, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): The extremely vocal outburst by Rep. Weiner was explained by him as an effort to help the responders of 9/11. It could also have been a grand act put on by the New York representative in order to show his heartfelt outrage.

However, the verbal tirade which included high drama with veins popping up ended up costing the Republican vote. The Democrats had wanted to push the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act through so that the republications would lose an opportunity of amending the bill. Ultimately the 9/11 rescue workers were the ones who had to suffer. There were not enough votes garnered in the whole process and the entire strategy backfired.

If passed through it could have provided the rescue workers with a total amount of $3.2 billion over the next decade. This would have been used to provide health care, free of cost for them particularly those who have suffered the ill effects of breathing in the toxins from the debris at the ill fated World Trade Center.

Some of the members say that their concerns were for the amendments proposed to the original bill. It is a common enough ploy for the lawmakers to push something through this way when they know that it cannot pass closer scrutiny.

Rep. Weiner, though just grabbed a little attention for himself trying to appear concerned for the vote when it is very likely that he knew that his method would fail. Smashing the microphone on the rostrum did not entirely go unnoticed either. He is basking in his two minutes of glory for now, trying to derive political mileage out of it.

The defeat of the bill now translates into the rescue workers and their families trying to seek medical expenses via the US court system.

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