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The U.S. House of Representatives erupted into chaos Thursday after Republican lawmakers narrowly defeated an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have provided protections to members of the LGBT community.
The amendment, introduced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a New York Democrat, appeared as though it would pass, 217-206, but in the remaining seconds GOP leaders persuaded party members to switch their votes.
The measure failed by one vote: 212-213.
The Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery reported:
Here’s the before and after votes on striking anti-LGBT language from NDAA. They had it til some GOPers flipped. pic.twitter.com/yokSeFsyOO
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) May 19, 2016
The Hill reported:
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.
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.
This prompted chants of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” from Democrats as the numbers went from victory to defeat for the amendment.
“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.
He should have been there when Democrats steamrolled in the Affordable Care Act without a single Republican House members’ approval. That was truly ugly.
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C-SPAN video clip via The Hill.
As for the GOP defeating Maloney’s amendment, reaction was mixed. There were these:
@jbendery Yeah, the government should definitely intervene into businesses because of a word to ‘protect’ less than 2% of the population.
— John Locke (@LockeJohn_) May 19, 2016
@jbendery If these gasbags need help.,, If you have a penis, your a male, if not, you’re a female. If you can figure it out, seek a shrink.
— BANK vs YOU | TV (@BANKvsYOU) May 19, 2016
— justacracka (@ebgbz1) May 19, 2016
But there were also these.
— Shauna L. Jones (@ShaunaBeeBee) May 19, 2016
— Mike Mastela (@mmastela) May 19, 2016
— Kyle J. Hill (@kylejhill) May 19, 2016
Still others realized it wasn’t entirely the Republicans’ doing.
— Rocketsquirrel (@cristygodin23) May 19, 2016
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