A bundle of Democrat-driven, anti-police law enforcement bills was moved forward in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday in a narrow victory that could have been stymied by one Republican lawmaker.
Lame duck politician Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., opted to abstain from casting a ballot on the measures that will affect law enforcement across the nation, allowing the bills to move forward following a 216-215 vote.
U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., a member of ‘the Squad,’ was convinced to vote “present” rather than “nay” by Democratic leadership — there are some provisions in the bill that progressives don’t like, according to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram — and Cheney sat out completely.
B) Democratic leaders prevailed upon Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), a member of the Squad, to vote “present” rather than no. A “nay” vote would have killed the rule.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 22, 2022
“There’s seemingly no excuse for Cheney’s failure to vote on the matter as Speaker Pelosi has repeatedly extended allowances for proxy voting that allow members of the House to vote via another member in their absence, supposedly due to the pandemic,” Townhall reported. “On the vote Cheney skipped, scores of members from both parties cast their votes via proxies, making Cheney’s decision to skip out even more confounding.”
The Break the Cycle of Violence Act, Violent Incident Clearance and Technological Investigative Methods Act of 2022, Invest to Protect Act of 2022 and Mental Health Justice Act of 2022 could be seen as big wins for the left heading into mid-term elections, making Cheney’s decision even more baffling.
Speaker Pelosi continues to allow proxy voting despite President Biden’s declaration in a 60 Minutes interview that aired on Sunday that the pandemic “is over,” with Townhall noting that Pelosi does so “in part because it gives members the freedom to remain at home or traveling to campaign ahead of the midterm elections.”
Cheney, who lost her bid for reelection during Wyoming’s Republican primary, faced sharp criticism from her party for her lack of participation.
“The House was one vote away from defeating a Democrat anti-police bill, but Liz Cheney couldn’t be bothered to show up to vote,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo, before adding: “Lyin’ Liz should be removed from the GOP conference.”
BREAKING: the House was one vote away from defeating a Democrat anti-police bill, but Liz Cheney couldn’t be bothered to show up to vote.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) September 22, 2022
“[Cheney] is so committed to Joe Biden and the Democrats that she just intentionally skipped an anti-police vote that Republicans could have defeated. She clearly supports the Democrat war on police. Go ahead and switch parties Liz before you’re out of office,” wrote U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene, R-Ga.
.@Liz_Cheney is so committed to Joe Biden and the Democrats that she just intentionally skipped an anti-police vote that Republicans could have defeated.
She clearly supports the Democrat war on police.
Go ahead and switch parties Liz before you’re out of office.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) September 22, 2022
According to Cheney’s office, a “family health issue” kept her from voting on the resolution.
“Who knows, maybe Liz Cheney is too busy gearing up for one of her last public appearances on Speaker Pelosi’s January 6th Select Committee to vote on behalf of her Wyoming constituents?” Townhall said. “Or maybe she’s just given up because she’s miffed she lost her primary. In any case, this is the latest instance of Cheney helping Pelosi and Democrats while apparently not caring for what her Republican colleagues or the conservative Americans she claims to represent believe.”
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