Skip to comments.Congressman Massie’s 500-Yard Run That is Driving Congress Crazy (Boner's Sleazy Voice-Votes)
Posted on 04/23/2015 9:44:32 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
Recently, Congressman Thomas Massie came to speak at the University of Cincinnati. He was the keynote speaker for the Young American for Libertys Ohio State conference. Massie gave an eye opening speech on how the House of Representatives works. One of his most revealing stories centered around his 500-yard run that he frequently makes from his office to the House floor.
For those that are not aware Congress passes a lot of bills! In the 112th Congress, there were 561 bills that passed in one year. If we do some basic math, Congress is in session for 132 days and in that time they pass 561 bills, meaning they are passing roughly 4 bills a day. An example of one of these bills is the 600-page Highway Flood Student Loan bill that was given to the Senate the day of the vote. On top of that the bill had 23 additional amendments.
Congressman Massie explained that voice votes are frequently used to pass motions, amendments, and resolutions. There are several problems with taking voice votes on important issues. First, the voice vote does not hold politicians accountable for their votes. Many of our congressmen that we send to Washington are voting against what they ran on, but we do not have a record of all of these votes. The second problem with this method of voting is that it is solely at the discretion of the House Chair, which is normally Speaker of the House John Boehner. He is the only one that is allowed to interpret the vote.
The House is supposed to have something called a quorum to have a vote. A quorum is defined by at least 218 congressmen. The way that Boehner decides if there is a quorum is by squinting his eyes and declaring he thinks he sees 218 people. Congressman Massie sometimes said there will only be ten congressmen present.
There are about 500 yards in between Massies office and the house floor. When the speaker starts to do voice votes when no one is in the house. The congressman will sprint from his office to the House floor and demand a recorded vote. When Congress has a recorded vote, it forces there to be a quorum and politicians to be held accountable for their votes. Massie said that he had done this a lot since he was elected in 2012.
One of the most memorable votes was in December of 2014. The speaker indicated that the Congress was over, so all the congressmen left. It just so happened that Massies flight had been canceled, when he went back to his office he saw that the house was passing bills with no one present. He made the 500-yard dash, and when he got onto the house floor they were conducting a voice vote on whether or not to allow President Obama to arm Ukraines military. They recessed before he could make a point that a quorum was not present. The next day after he left, they passed more bills by voice before adjourning the 113th congress.
Clearly, this is something that Congress should debate since the results could lead to a global conflict. We have seen how joining into global conflicts has unintended consequences, for example, Hillarys War in Libya, and the McCain/Grahams support for arming ISIS in Syria. These should be heavily debated and open to the public.
President Barack Obama has not yet publically sent arms to Ukraine. On March 24, 2015 the House tried to do another vocal vote to pass a resolution that encouraged Obama to send the arms. Congressman Massie demanded that this be a recorded vote. The resolution passed 348-48. Now we have on record which congressmen voted to send American tax dollars to Ukraine.
Whether you agree with the vote or not, the point is that Congressman Massie is making a difference. Every election year we hear politicians say Washington is broken and how they are going to fix it. Then we elect them, and they make the problem worse. Congressman Massie ran on saying that the system is broken but unlike his peers he is actually defending our rights and working to fix Washington.
and yet we expect any kind of honesty from these GOPers??
Boner was de-boned a long time ago, Lord Foul has had his biscuits in his pocket since day one!
Don’t bother Boner. He’s too busy kissing Pelosie.
Congressman Massie is a republican from Kentucky.
I’d wish he would primary McConnell in 2020 or replace him when President Cruz gives McConnell the option to either change party or step down.
Something seems really odd, or perhaps off, here.
There are 220+ Republicans in the House. A good number of them are strong Conservatives who are often championed here and in other Conservative venues. Yes, Boehner isn’t one of them :-)
But we’re to understand that there aren’t a dozen or so that are willing to organize and band together so that there’s always one covering the House floor to challenge a voice vote or unanamous consent motion and force a roll call? That Massie is the only one?
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Excellent points! I’m firing off a note to my congresscritter asap.
Dont bother Boner. Hes too busy kissing Pelosie’s dogs rear end.
their not elected cuz their smart.
Every single congresscritter is responsible for this, since any single one can demand a recorded vote at any time. The fact that there is so much this crap that goes on tells you that they are all in on it, and it's just a big game of "let's pull crap over on the voters".
There should be no such thing as a 'voice vote'. The fact that there is should tell you what's going on.
Great work by Congressman Massie.
Boehner is a clear and present danger to smaller government and more liberty.
He must be removed.
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Okay, now I’m pissed.
I hope Rep. Massie enjoyed his time in Washington. Hopefully he got a souvenir or something to remember it by.
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