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Massie, and That Pesky Constitution, Hold Up COVID-19 Bailout Bill

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “Massie, and That Pesky Constitution, Hold Up COVID-19 Bailout Bill”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Massie's big move? The House of Representatives is poised to vote on the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that the Senate passed yesterday. But there's a snag: Rep. Thomas Massie. The Kentucky Republican reportedly wants colleagues back in D.C. for a regular, recorded vote this morning instead of the voice vote that was expected to take place today.

"Members are advised that it is possible this measure will not pass by voice vote," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's office wrote in a Thursday advisory memo to members.

Massie tweeted out a link last night to Article I, Section 5, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which dictates the rules of engagement in the House of Representatives.

"The senate did some voodoo just like with Obamacare," Massie added. "Took a House Bill (HR 748) dealing with taxes, stripped every word, and put their bill in it. The House is just as responsible for killing the origination clause as the Senate. It's the House's job to reject the process." 

Rep. Pete King (R–N.Y.) called Massie's move to make House members respect the Constitution "disgraceful" and "irresponsible."

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