12 Republicans Voted Against Honoring Capitol Police

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“A dozen Republicans voted against a resolution honoring U.S. Capitol police for their efforts to protect members of Congress during the insurrection on January 6,” The Guardian reports. “The House voted 413 to 12 on Wednesday to award congressional gold medals, Congress’s ‘highest expression of national appreciation,’ to all members of the Capitol police force. … The Republicans who opposed this honor included Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Matt Gaetz of Florida and Thomas Massie of Kentucky.”

Republicans’ Hypocrisy Enables Opposition to Biden’s Relief Bill

“Voters may like a president’s policies in the abstract but still think he isn’t doing a good job or that his policies aren’t that effective if those policies aren’t bipartisan. Think of this as the Mitch McConnell theory. … Put another way: The opposition party can guarantee a lack of bipartisan support — and then criticize the president for lacking bipartisan support.”

Perry Bacon Jr.

Hawley Says Biden Cabinet Picks Should be ‘Good for Missouri’

“I take them one at a time, if there is someone I think will be good to Missouri, that I can defend to my voters, somebody who I think is going to be good for the job, I’ll vote for them.”

— Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) defended his role as the only US senator to oppose every one of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees, insisting that he evaluates each pick individually, CNN reports.

Kennedy Apologizes (Kind of) for Calling Tanden a ‘Whack Job’

“I apologize. I was searching for a word for extremist, which I think is more neutral. And I should have said extremist. I never should have said whack job.”

— Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) apologized for calling President Joe Biden’s embattled budget chief pick, Neera Tanden, a “whack job,” Politico reports.
Kennedy explained that he was searching for another word before calling her “a neo-socialist, left-of-Lenin whack job.”

Hey Mitt, Consistency Is No Substitute for a Party Platform

“When we had a Republican president and House and Senate, we kept on spending massively and adding almost a trillion dollars a year to the national debt. Now we say this is outrageous adding so much to the debt? They say we did the same thing when we were in charge. It does show that you have to be consistent in your arguments.”

— Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune.