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King and Weiner Debate

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 12:35 PM

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Reps. Peter King and Anthony Weiner had a finger-poiting, throat-cleaing debate about who is to blame for the failure to pass the 9/11 health bill in Congress. King, a Republican, said it was Democrats fault, since they brought the bill up for a vote under rules that required a two-thirds majority in order to pass. A two-thirds majority was needed because Democrats did not want amendments added onto the bill and under these rules no amendments are allowed. Usually, amendments can be added to a bill, and only a majority of votes are needed to pass legislation.

"They didn't have the guts to vote on it, up or down," King charged.

Weiner, a Democrat, focused on King's inability to get more than a dozen or so Republicans to support the bill.

"Democrats overwhelmingly supported this. Peter's party overwhelmingly voted agaisnt [it]."

After a few minutes of them yelling and pointing fingers at each other, the Fox News anchor comments, "This may be why Congress has an eleven percent approval rating."

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