Congressman Massie denied, $2 trillion coronavirus bill passed without a recorded vote
Despite the presence of a quorum, a recorded vote was not taken on the bill after Rep. Massie's objections
March 27, 2020 - 5:28pm
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On the House floor Friday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) requested a recorded vote be taken on the largest stimulus package in history but he was denied.
The individual votes of each member voting in-person are not part of the "official public record" when a voice vote is taken.
When a voice vote was called, a few "no" votes could be heard in the chamber.
"Mr. Speaker, I came here to make sure our republic doesn't die by unanimous consent in an empty chamber and I request a recorded vote," Massie said on the microphone.
When no one else stood up, a recorded vote was not taken on the $2 trillion bill despite Massie's objections.
"An insufficient number has risen, a recorded vote is refused," Rep. Anthony Brown said.
Shortly before the vote on Friday, Massie wrote on Twitter, "Are they afraid of the truth? I’ve been told that they don’t even have 1 minute available for me to speak against this bill during the 4 hour debate. The fix is in. If this bill is so great for America, why not allow a vote on it? Why not have a real debate?"
According to ABC News, when Massie stood to request a recorded vote, "Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, who was seated in the upper gallery near the press, said out loud: 'Shut the f--- up' toward Massie.' "
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