With inflation at its highest level in 40 years, Covid-19’s response proved to be the opposition of Thomas Massey to the large government spending bill.
At the start of the epidemic, Massey devised a strategy to force lawmakers to vote on record for the Cares Act, which approved $ 2.2 trillion in government spending. He warned that most of the money would not go to ordinary Americans and that it would lead to a sharp rise in inflation down the road. The bill would later be increased by an additional $ 1.9 trillion under President Biden and, everyone said, the federal government would spend $ 4.6 trillion on COVID relief.
Massey tweeted this morning, “Today marks the second anniversary of the first in a series of spending bills that we are suffering today because of inflation.” “Thank you, Representative Ken Buck, for standing with me. No other congressman was willing to stand up and tell Pelosi and Trump that they were making a big mistake that day.”
Today marks the first two years of a series of spending bills for the inflation we are suffering from. Thanks Repkenbach To stand with me. No other congressman was willing to stand up and tell Pelosi + Trump that they made a huge mistake that day. https://t.co/xFXSPK7rbQ
– Thomas Massie (epRepThomasMassie) March 27, 2022
In a recent interview with McClatchy, Massey said he now admits members of Congress have made a mistake. “Then I should have stood with you. You were right, “they tell him.
The Kentucky congressman had another problem: the leaders of both parties agreed that this historic and unprecedented spending bill would be passed through a parliamentary process called consensus. Consensus does not require any member of the Chamber to declare himself in favor of or against the bill, it is simply passed because no one in the Chamber has raised an objection or called for a number of votes.
Massey announced that he had confronted delegates Kevin McCarthy and Nancy Pelosi about his intention to block a voice vote on the law, explaining that they wanted to protect members of Congress from further criticism.
His efforts to hold Congress accountable failed, but it forced hundreds of lawmakers to return to the Capitol. He warned that the bill would have devastating consequences for the economy and quickly became the most hated person in DC for its efforts.
As President Trump shared tweets criticizing Macy from former Secretary of State John Kerry, strange bedfellows began to appear who advised Macy to quarantine “to prevent the spread of his huge folly.”
Representative Marjorie Taylor Green quickly hinted at her agreement and praised Macy for taking steps that no one else would:
In times of confusion প Rep. Thomas Massey Did the right thing.
If truck drivers could provide us with food and supplies and HCW worked twenty-four hours a day, Congress could at least vote on record. https://t.co/VdsMeM1lnc
– Representative Marjorie Taylor Green (@RepMTG) March 27, 2022
“In the confusion, Thomas Massey did the right thing,” he tweeted. “If truck drivers could deliver our food and supplies and HCWs (healthcare workers) worked twenty-four hours a day, Congress could at least vote on record.”
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