As soon as he was needed for a pure, party-line vote, our own Congressman, Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa-R), showed he knew how to be a real Republican. Party leader Kevin McCarthy laid it down in a rambling eight-plus-hour speech on Thursday. He claimed people didn’t elect Joe Biden to be FDR, that Americans didn’t want lower drug costs nor did they want lower health care costs.
McCarthy railed against universal pre-K as if it were a dastardly plot against America.
Those words energized his fellow Republicans, Fitzpatrick included, who voted against the Build Back Better Act. Nonetheless, it passed, 220 to 213 without them and will go on to the Senate.
The House approved the legislation by a near party-line 220-213 vote, sending the measure to a Senate whose strict rules seem certain to force significant changes.