On Friday, former Secretary of State John Kerry slammed GOP Rep. Thomas Massie for his attempt to delay the vote on the coronavirus stimulus package.
Kerry used his Twitter account to tell his followers that Massie had “tested positive for being an a-hole.”
The House voted and passed the over $2 trillion stimulus package. The package had overwhelming support despite Massie being extremely vocal about his objections.
“Breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an a–hole. He must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity,” Kerry tweeted. “He’s given new meaning to the term #M-sshole.”
Kerry then added: “Finally, something the president and I can agree on!”
Kerry’s mention of Trump was a response to a tweet by Trump criticizing the Kentucky representative’s “grandstanding.”
“Looks like a third- rate Grandstander named @RepThomasMassie, a Congressman from, unfortunately, a truly GREAT State, Kentucky, wants to vote against the new Save Our Workers Bill in Congress. He just wants the publicity,” Trump tweeted out early on Friday.
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After reading Kerry’s tweet, Trump tweeted again.
“Never knew John Kerry had such a good sense of humor! Very impressed!”
The House had originally planned to pass the coronavirus stimulus package by unanimous consent or voice vote with only a skeleton crew of legislators present. Doing so would minimize the risk of lawmakers spreading the coronavirus. However, both methods could be shut down by what is called “a point of order” from any member that argued a lack of quorum, which means that less than half of the House’s members are present for the recorded vote.
Massie had stated that he was considering forcing a recorded vote by bringing up a lack of quorum. House leaders were also reportedly concerned that a handful of other members would take the same action.
The stimulus bill, which contains $2 trillion in spending and $4 trillion in stimulus money from the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve, which equals out to “$60,000 per family of the new national debt and dollar devaluation in this stimulus.”
On Thursday during an interview, Massie stated that he was more interested in following the “letter of the Constitution” than working around House’s rules.
“I’m having a really hard time with this. Because they’re saying, well it’s hard to travel, yadda yadda yadda,” Massie said. “Well, last night, 96 out of 100 Senators voted. All we would need is 218 out of 435 to vote,” he added, pointing to a section of Article I in the U.S. Constitution that states “a majority of each [body of the legislature] shall constitute a quorum to do business.”
Lawmakers were able to pass the bill without any issues and it was rushed to Trump’s desk so it could be signed. Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s Secretary of Treasury stated that it is expected that qualifying Americans should receive stimulus checks within the next three weeks.