Republicans had complained 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.
Republicans blocked the bill in July after Democrats suspended the rules to stop the minority party from adding unrelated amendments. The move also meant the bill would require a two-thirds majority to pass, and Republicans used it to their advantage, holding the bill to 255 yes votes — far fewer than the 291 it needed to pass, though far more than it ordinarily would have needed.
That’s right. There in fact is a limit to how much we’re willing to help out the men and women who risked their lives to help their fellow citizens after the attack. And apparently the GOP also really, really wanted to throw unrelated shit in there, and the fact that they couldn’t meant it was time to block the bill.
I hope every Republican who voted against this gets their asses handed to them in the election, and that the vote shows up in every… single… ad.