Now, comes word of the 9/11 First Responders bill being defeated in the Senate because the Republicans want tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans before funding the first responders that put their own life at risk in order to save the lives of others when terrorists attacked America. Shame on them.
Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win a procedural vote to open debate on a bill that would provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.How in the fucking gell is $7.4 billion too high when Republicans don't have a single fucking problem with handing out tax cuts worth more than that to the wealthiest Americans? Give me a fucking break. Stop acting like the partisan assholes that you are. Start acting like a human.
The motion for cloture, or to begin debate, needed 60 votes to pass due to a Republican filibuster, but fell short at 57-42 in favor.
While supporters said they would try to bring the bill up again, either on its own or as part of other legislation to be considered, the vote Thursday jeopardized the measure's chances for approval in the final weeks of the current congressional session.
The House previously passed the bill on a mostly partisan 268-160 vote.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reacted to Thursday's result by calling it "a tragic example of partisan politics trumping patriotism."
"I urge Senate Republicans to reconsider their wrong-headed political strategy and allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote," Bloomberg said in a statement.
Republicans complained that the $7.4 billion price tag was too high, while Democrats said the government had an obligation to help the first responders to the deadliest terrorism attack in U.S. history.
I can't support a Republican ever again with partisan stunts like this.