GOP Victory Takes Down The House With Last Second Vote On LGBT Measure – Liberals EXPLODE! [VIDEO]

GOP Victory Takes Down The House With Last Second Vote On LGBT Measure – Liberals EXPLODE! [VIDEO]

Let the brawling begin! Chaos broke out on the House floor over a vote that put forth protection for gays and transgenders. Initially, the Democratic sponsored measure was thought to have passed when the clock ran out with a vote of 217 to 206. But then Republican leaders urged their colleagues to change their votes and the measure was defeated narrowly, 212-213. The booing and catcalls escalated on the floor as liberals exploded with anger over the shift. GOP leaders held the vote open as they pressured members to change sides. Infuriating Democrats, they let lawmakers switch their votes without walking to the well at the front of the chamber. “Shame! Shame! Shame!” Democrats chanted as they watched the vote tally go from passage of Maloney’s amendment to narrow failure. Twenty-nine Republicans voted for Maloney’s amendment to a spending bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs and military construction projects, along with all Democrats in the final roll call. I’m surprised punches weren’t thrown on this one.

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From The Hill:

The House floor devolved into chaos and shouting on Thursday as a measure to ensure protections for members of the LGBT community narrowly failed to pass, after Republican leaders urged their members to change their votes.

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Initially, it appeared Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s (D-N.Y.) amendment had passed, as 217 “yes” votes piled up over 206 “no” votes when the clock ran out. The measure needed 213 votes to pass.

But it eventually failed, 212-213, after a number of Republican lawmakers changed their votes from “yes” to “no” after the clock had expired.

“This is one of the ugliest episodes I’ve experienced in my three-plus years as a member of this House,” Maloney, who is openly gay, said while offering his amendment. To that I would say, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Procedurally, nothing was out of line on this. According to the office of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), at least seven Republicans changed their votes, including Reps. Jeff Denham (CA), Darrell Issa (CA), Bruce Poliquin (ME), David Valadao (CA), Greg Walden (OR), Mimi Walters (CA) and David Young (IA). It’s their vote and they have a right to change their mind if they want to. The whining, gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair was epic. The bill, from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), would bar federal contracts from companies that discriminate against LGBT employees. Maloney submitted the amendment in an attempt to subvert a provision of an already passed defense bill that reverses President Obama’s executive order giving LGBT persons “protected class” status while working with federal contractors. As far as dirty tricks goes, this doesn’t even come close. For lessons in that profession, look to the Democrats. They are experts at it. Get over it.

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