Jason Rosenbaum @jrosenbaum
Pretty strong and unequivocal message from @RoyBlunt as MO continues to deal with more Delta variant cases, especially in SW Missouri:
[….] 4:55 PM · Jul 14, 2021
Roy Blunt (r). Just a step or two…or three behind.
Governor Mike Parson @GovParsonMO
I have directed our health department to let the federal government know that sending government employees or agents door-to-door to compel vaccination would NOT be an effective OR a welcome strategy in Missouri! 7:47 PM · Jul 7, 2021
S.1 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
Introduced in Senate (03/17/2021)
For the People Act of 2021
This bill addresses voter access, election integrity and security, campaign finance, and ethics for the three branches of government.
Specifically, the bill expands voter registration (e.g., automatic and same-day registration) and voting access (e.g., vote-by-mail and early voting). It also limits removing voters from voter rolls.
The bill requires states to establish independent redistricting commissions to carry out congressional redistricting.
Additionally, the bill sets forth provisions related to election security, including sharing intelligence information with state election officials, supporting states in securing their election systems, developing a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions, establishing in the legislative branch the National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions, and other provisions to improve the cybersecurity of election systems.
Further, the bill addresses campaign finance, including by expanding the prohibition on campaign spending by foreign nationals, requiring additional disclosure of campaign-related fundraising and spending, requiring additional disclaimers regarding certain political advertising, and establishing an alternative campaign funding system for certain federal offices.
The bill addresses ethics in all three branches of government, including by requiring a code of conduct for Supreme Court Justices, prohibiting Members of the House from serving on the board of a for-profit entity, and establishing additional conflict-of-interest and ethics provisions for federal employees and the White House.
The bill requires the President, the Vice President, and certain candidates for those offices to disclose 10 years of tax returns.
Roy Blunt (r) [2016 file photo].
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
S.1 was written by one party acting alone.
S.1 was steered through Congress by one party acting alone.
The danger of such extreme changes being made by such tiny, partisan congressional majorities should be clear to everyone. 4:27 PM · Jun 22, 2021
There is much hilarity in the responses:
I wonder if you will remember this tweet when MO Republicans gerrymander US Congressional districts by dividing up Kansas City and leaving only one Democratic district in St. Louis.
Yes, the will of the majority in a democracy would just be absolutely tragic, huh?
WRONG!!! The real danger is the GQP enacting voter suppression bills all across the nation where the states are held by the GQP!! If this is truly a nation of government for and by the people, then voting is a right for ALL the people, not just who the GQP wants to vote!!!
Excuuuuusse me! When I cheat, it’s unacceptable for anyone to hold me accountable unless _I_ lead the charge in making sure I follow the rules!
Things like stacking the Supreme Court? Actions have consequences
It is hard not to see this as disingenuous when you have never once spoken out against Republican partisan voting rights led legislation that were down by one party acting alone
S.1 was written by one party alone because the other party refused to even talk about such a thing. Don’t put the blame for that on the Democrats, but on the Republicans, where it belongs.
The fact that you hate it. Proves it’s good for the country.
What? Yeah man they’re trying to protect the elections from YOU, why do you think you’re owed a say in that protection?
Republicans represent a minority of Americans. Majority rules.
The changes are not extreme. They are trying to protect America from turning into a failed state like Missouri.
Because the other party won’t give up trying to prevent people from voting. That’s your party, senator.
Stop tweeting this shit
Well, gee Roy. Maybe if you voted to bring it to debate you could have fixed some of that. /s
We all know who’s playing partisan games, Roy.
Choosing not to participate was the partisan part, Roy. That’s on you.
Why don’t you want all Americans to be able to vote?
Our Vote is our Voice.
I think your referring to the Republican agenda
Thank God you are not running for re-election.
Probably should have voted to debate it then
You refused to even debate it.
That would be too much work.
Are you still there?
Now do Supreme Court Justices!
Debate your points on the floor then. What are you afraid of?
I don’t think Republicans have a lot of credibility on this particular topic. Your dark-of-night, hidden session partisan bills are legendary.
All of the GOP voter suppression laws in the many states were written by the GOP acting alone. The GOP supported insurrection acting alone. The GOP refused to convict a rouge President – acting alone. The GOP packed the courts – acting alone.
no Republican wanted to participate in the process of ensuring that all voters’ rights are protected, and you think this is a negative of the legislation and not your party?
They’re funny that way.
I didn’t realize you were comatose for the Trump tax package and the failed Obamacare repeal.
That’s funny. Tiny majority. I guess you only like progress if it’s YOUR progress. Would be cool if you weren’t a sore loser. I mean if you had the heart to accept the will of the people and the will of a majority vote. What’s the danger?
C’mon Roy. You’re full of it and you know it.
Yeah, like Republican efforts to suppress voters isn’t partisan. If you can’t win on the issues, you gotta cheat, right? That’s the Republican way.
Tiny, partisan congressional minorities? You mean like leader McConnell refusing to give a sitting Presidents SC nominee a fair hearing? Or ramming thru another nominee 3 weeks prior to an election? Wow. The audacity of your statement is stunning.
Baloney. Republicans have had the opportunity to contribute through it all. And they have steadfastly refused to vote on anything even after negotiations. You know that. Why lie, Roy?
It’s in his nature.
Like the 2017 Tax cuts? Did you object then?
The GOP is acting alone in suppressing voters’ rights across the country. Did you object then?
That only the Democrats care about voters’ rights is an indictment on you, not them.
The GOP REFUSES to work on making access to voting easier for Americans.
Doesn’t that say more about the Republican Party than anything else?
You’re intentionally mischaracterizing the situation. Stop it.
You don’t get to complain after voting against the Jan. 6 commission. Take a seat Roy.
Somebody might take you seriously if they forgot that the only reason the party exists is to stop the Democrats. As if the GOP has acted in good faith bipartisan negotiations this century…
If your position is so strong, why won’t you engage in debate and prove it to the country?
The fact that you won’t even engage in debate implies that your case is not that strong, and perhaps the danger is not as large as you state.
S1 is a bill to make sure everyone who is legally able to vote is able to cast that vote. Why are you against making voting accessible to as many people as possible. Why do make a Democracy worse? Why are you content with diminishing the role of minorities in voting?
Either you believe in democracy or you don’t. Looks like we know what side you fall on. Missourians deserve better.
You’re too damned afraid to even debate it on the senate floor. Don’t spew your lies on Twitter. It’s bipartisan when YOU take part. You voted NO. Because you don’t want to be bipartisan. We got your number Roy.
AGAIN, Lying. The Democrats have been trying to reach across the aisle. Your party has blocked any attempt at bipartisanship. You are actively trying to slice up voter rolls and gerrymander minority rule. Don’t tell me this is harmful to democracy when you want pick your voters.
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
Supreme Court Justices appointed by both Democrat and Republican presidents have shared the view that 9 is the right number of SCOTUS seats. 9:38 AM · Apr 11, 2021
Did you ask Merrick Garland?
As always, there’s much hilarity in the responses:
After the Jan 6 2021, I don’t believe too many of us care what you think anymore. @RoyBlunt #InsurrectionHasConsequences
Say his name. Say his name a few hundred times if you have to. Learn it. Any time you say anything about Democrats and the Supreme Court, this should pop into your mind:
This statement is blind to the entire history of the court, in the hopes of swaying the public in what seems a purposefully dishonest stance by a man who is supposedly a public servant.
But you’re cool with denying Obama’s pick in 2016 and packing the Court with 5 justices picked by presidents who lost the popular vote. So gaming the system is 100% OK when it benefits conservatives. Got it.
Well, now that you mention it.
You forgot to mention how 6 of the 9 justices were appointed by Republicans even though a Republican has gotten more votes than the democratic candidate exactly once since 1988. So please explain to us how the court is representative of the American people
There are 13 circuit courts. When the number was set at 9 – there were 9 circuits. Butt out.
So if 9 is this magical number that is sacred then why was it 8 for over a year from January 2016 to February 2017?
The number of Justices is neither outlined in the Constitution, nor historically stable or inflexible. If the leaning of the court were reversed you would be first in line to loudly call for more justices. Quit trying to mask your partisanship with weak justification
Thanks Senator, can you point me where in the Constitution it says the Supreme Court is made up of 9 justices? I can’t seem to find that part…
If Republicans can do anything they please with Supreme Court nominations, then Democrats can, too. That’s the way this works. MERRICK. GARLAND.
You and the GOP lost all credibility on this after you refused to seat Merrick Garland.
It’s hilarious that you think the SC isn’t partisan when you’ve gone out of your way to make it so…
Um. I’m sure you won’t mind if we don’t pay much attention to what your party has to say about the Supreme Court.
There is no “right number.” There have been more, there have been less. It is only the number it is now. That’s all.
Having nine Supreme Court Justices seems correct to you because six of them are conservative. I’m sure that fact has nothing to do with your opinion.
According to the Constitution it is not up to the Supreme Court’s justices to decide the appropriate number.
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
A democracy is a diverse group of people coming together and trying to reach the solution – it’s a give-and-take. I hope we get back to that.
[….] 12:30 PM · Mar 21, 2021
It’s one of two things. Either Roy Blunt (r) believes we’re all that stupid, or he is. It’s kind of hard to tell the difference these days.
As always, there is much hilarity in the responses:
Is this your apology for not standing up for our democracy when Trump lost?
Or for refusing to meet with Garland?
Or for jamming Barrett through?
Or for refusing to hold Trump accountable for his crimes?
Or is this just “Democrats should unilaterally surrender”?
Bro, remember when you acquitted the guy who tried to overturn an election?
It looks like ticket sales for Roy’s farewell tour are not selling well. It’s not a surprise given the material he’s been part of over the last few years.
The old tactic of revisionism isn’t working. Read the room, get off the stage!
Though true, your words ring hollow considering behavior the last several years. I hope in the time you have remaining as a Senator, you can be what all the people of Missouri need and not just representing a select few.
From Roy Blunt (r)? Not gonna happen.
What you talkin’ about, mister? “Get back to that?” The @gop has never about ‘coming together’ and ‘give-and-take’.
Uhh you didn’t seem to care about coming together when @LeaderMcConnell was ramming through Supreme Court justices
This was not the song you were singing while Trump was in the WH. Then it was ‘cram it through’ or ‘block anything proposed by Democrats.’ So soon you forget. Glad you’ll be gone in 2022.
Where were you during the last four years!?!?!? You’re one of the enablers.
Well, before then, too.
Dude. Your side did nothing but TAKE for years and years and years. Spare us the sanctimony now.
When will you start practicing this?
You go first. Tired of the things the GOP does and then tries to play the victim.
Arsonist laments the prevalence of fire.
Hahahahaha—-you slay me!
Your words are hollow. You’ve already sowed your legacy. You sold out your country to make a buck.
Your party’s at fault, insurrectionist.
Talk is cheap and in your case, worthless. You sold your soul to the Party and the Party is really nothing but everyone for themselves….#YouFailedMissourians #YouFailedThisCountry
You’ve got to be kidding me? Resign.
Do you think we are stupid? That we don’t remember the last 4 years of you doing whatever you wanted with no input from democrats? Fuck off
And what have you done to move us back towards that? The answer is nothing in case you are still searching for it. You’ve shown nothing but cowardice over the last four years and we as Missourians are lucky you’re quiting. Tool
What a hypocrisy – what group and what solution – you were ennobling this con Trump over the constitution and democracy and the country and you wanted to destroy a fair election so this con Trump can say in office and you are talking about coming together- you are evil and fake
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
On day one, President Biden suspended border wall funding – violating Congress’s constitutional power. Since then, we’ve seen the security of our southern border compromised.
B Yates, Cycologist @OldDrum
Replying to @RoyBlunt
I know this is unfair, but it needs to be asked. How many of the unaccompanied children entered the US through the unfinished section of the wall? 2:30 PM · Mar 18, 2021
“…a partisan payoff..” Says the individual that got how much from the previous relief bill(s)?
Some of the responses:
Dear Vicky’s New Social Media Person—
You’re citing information that isn’t true. You’re trying to incite outrage to further divide a torn nation. And you’re parroting talking points that have been fact-checked + called false earlier today.
Be better than Vicky. Tell the truth.
Guess I won’t be buying anything at Heartland Tractor with that attitude.
Bipartisan: involving the agreement or cooperation of two political parties that usually oppose each other’s policies.
Bipartisan dosen’t mean the GOP complains about a bill, that is supported by the majority, until they get their way of screwing over the American people.
Hartzler is lying. That’s why she is in the minority.
Big Poverty finally gets a win.
Thanks for assuring your constituents that you oppose the general will of the people.
Yeah…special interest in helping people, healthcare, arts and humanities, prisoners are humans that will need to build a life after prison…none of the things in this list are bad…Why are you like this, what is wrong with you?
So you voted No to not provide relief to Americans who need help now. Instead you would much rather take more time debating as the American people continue to struggle to pay for food/rent/mortgage. Makes perfect sense… The Majority of Americans support this bill.
Absolute hogwash, Vic. Stop lying.
Would you just shut the hell up. Americans are getting help in spite of you and all other Republicans obstructing it. Your only option now is to continue spinning your lies. You failed the American people at a time when they most needed help. Resign.
On Monday Roy Blunt (r) announced that he would not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2022.
Ann Wagner @RepAnnWagner
It is shameful that Democrats have disregarded their obligation to provide real COVID relief to the American people and are instead attempting to use this process to jam through partisan agenda items. This bill is not targeted, timely, nor tied to COVID. 10:47 AM · Mar 10, 2021
Yes, shameful, that’s the word.
There is much hilarity in the responses. First, from Ann Wagner (r):
We need to focus on solving the critical issues at hand—getting vaccines to Americans, providing relief for our local restaurants and entertainment venues, and supporting those who have been seriously impacted by this pandemic.
Anyway, my family will happily accept the aid offered in the COVID relief bill, and we will remember that you didn’t want us to have it.
Timeliness would’ve been a lot better with a modicum of Republican support.
How much crack does the right smoke?
You are shameful.
It was shameful to go maskless in your district during a pandemic this Christmas (on a carriage ride, no less), and then to allow constituents to die because of your ineffective leadership to provide vaccines and meaningful aid. Talk about shameful. Take some responsibility, Ann.
This bill is the worst nightmare possible for Republicans like you. I feel your pain but frankly don’t care. You don’t understand what COVID did to this country, to families who have suffered under GOP policies for decades.
The Empire Is Striking back. You lost. We won.
Not quite the analogy I would have chosen, but it still works.
You’re lying. The bill addresses both The pandemic directly and the economic crisis that was created by COVID. These crises—made exponentially worse by the terrible leadership of the previous administration—must be tackled simultaneously.
It’s shameful that you, yet again, failed to support your constituents. We lament having you as our representation on a daily basis. We wonder how you sleep while you try to destroy so many lives and hope for someone who actually gives us a voice sometime soon.
There’s that shame thing again.
High irony using the word ‘shame’.
They haven’t. We know they haven’t. Stop lying. You’re embarrassing yourself, and your state.
Quit your damn lying. For once try to represent the interests of your constituents. Your cowardice and corruption are pathetic. [….]
You are so full of it. You are voting AGAINST $1,400 direct payments, jobless benefits, state and local aid, school assistance, and so much more. Why do you hate your own constituents? Why do you lie so much? Why are you so damn worthless, unethical, and corrupt?
Give it up Ann, you lying liar. This bill has incredible bipartisan support everywhere, even with republican voters. The only ones that don’t like it are republican obstructionists like yourself. [….]
Hey, traitor. Here’s the breakdown on the 2017 GOP Tax Bill.
-1.3 Trillion Corporate tax giveaway
-83 B to let heirs inherit larger estates
-435 Billion tax cut for the wealthiest 1% of Americans
You voted to overturn the Democracy. You are a traitor.
There’s a rumor that there’s a global pandemic which has ben ongoing for at least a year.
As always, there’s much hilarity in the responses:
Borders are not open.
No school in your district is closed.
But you still have $2,000,000 of taxpayer money you’ve pocketed in the 26+ years you’ve been a politician.
Recommended for Kevin’s next Circle Time reading:
Show us one statement or policy saying Biden wants schools closed?? Just more LIES from the @gop
The largest school district located in your own congressional district is currently 4day hybrid and transitioning to 5day in-person instruction after Spring Break (when teachers are being vaccinated)…
where exactly are you talking about schools being closed?
But wait. . .I’m confused! Didn’t you and the rest of the Republicans refuse to provide aide to the schools, by not ONE voting for the American Rescue Plan? How “patriotic” of you all!
More schools across the country are open today than since the pandemic began. Rest will open within Biden’s predicted first 100 days. Would be open now if GOP had not sat on the funds for schools and vaccine for teachers. Maybe we need a new Dr Seuss book to explain that to you!
There. Is no reason to take this current version of the republican congress seriously, they tried to overturn the election through force and failed. Seditionists, all of them.
How many school systems in Vicky’s district are still closed? Does she know? Does she realize that one of the biggest school systems in MO4 just voted to completely reopen?
Maybe Vicky should follow Roy Blunt out the door if she is so ignorant of what’s going on around her.
Would be a lot easier to tackle real problems if you Republicans worked as hard to legislate as you did to overturn elections.
Funny schools are under state and local jurisdiction, not the Biden administration. Shouldn’t members of Congress KNOW this?
And she’s a former teacher.
No, that’s just really sad.
Said the closer of schools… In another fear mongering tweet of a lame & dated meme designed to work up the FB crowd. #GetToWork
Handy little meme ya got there. EXCEPT . . . Schools were closed because TRUMP FAILED on corona virus protection and his border wall BLEW OVER! But hey I guess the top 1% are still thanking you for the tax cut.
I can’t take Republicans seriously anymore. They’ve become completely dependent on gaslighting as a way of life.
Agreed – would love to read any whitepapers you have about how to do this and the funding streams for each.
Can you point me towards your policy proposals? Thanks!
That’s covered under “More tax breaks for billionaires”.
My kids have been teaching in class ever since this started. It’s as if you have no idea what goes on in Missouri.
Our school, in your district, has been open since August. Many of the schools in the area have been. Your buddy, Mike Parson, hasn’t even opened the vaccine to teachers in the area yet.
Cass County (your constituents) has in-person & virtual. It’s a choice. Also the border is not open. You had four years & you came up with a wall that’s ineffective. The border problem will not be fixed w/ memes. This is why we can’t take you seriously – you don’t tell the truth.
You guys are getting no traction with these talking points.
Nice comment section Vicky
Weird. The borders aren’t open, and the schools aren’t closed unless the state decides it.
Gas lighting for ignorant followers
Please stop making things up.
How many schools are closed in your district? Have you offered to substitute teach for a week in one of them to show teachers how it is done?
What have YOU done personally to ensure schools can open safely for students and staff?
If the President COULD open schools, wouldn’t Donald Trump have done it before he left office? You want to blame him and the unions (even though most teachers aren’t in unions) when the power to open schools is in the hands of superintendents and school boards. Please stop lying.
The president doesn’t open and close schools that’s at the state and district level. So you have voted against the relief plan that will help those in your district. Why is that? Is holding the party line more important?
Under Trump 500000 dead. Under Biden….. vaccines.. monetary help and peace of mind. Drive to the border… It’s closed.
GQP leader is a lier.
Why did you vote against aid to help open schools safely?
Don’t you have any children’s books to whine about?
That’s a lie, as you know, carry on…
Vicky, you’re an embarrassment to the state of Missouri. These are not true and you know it.
Oh, Vicky! The Biden boom is going to reopen America….despite the GQP obstruction. Americans are ready for a real leader.
Do any of you pay attention to your constituents or just search for rehashed QTrumplican talking points?
You guys are nuts
Hey, Vick. Exactly how many schools in your district are closed? Do you have any idea??
Lol! So you’re a simpleton
Is it that difficult to tell the truth? My wife has been teaching all school year. She’s risked her health, and liars like you claims schools are closed. But hey you can make more money by scaring your constituents, I guess.
Maybe ALL the Republicans shouldn’t have voted against School funding for Pandemic response. You never want to be part of the solution.
Don’t you have some Q chat rooms to be in?
You have been reduced to this. Pathetic
That, and trying to name post offices.
Remember those migrant caravans that never materialized? This is why people don’t believe you. You lie as often as you breathe. Can we just have policy and not whatever nonsense y’all are calling governing these days? It’s exhaustingly childish and stupid.
School is open. At the border, for refugees.
You’re an embarrassment. Act like a human being and not a political hack. Show some substance beyond shallow propaganda.
Not gonna happen.
One would think a Rep would know that school openings are left up to Governors and Mayors, not the President. I guess your followers are not bright enough to see you’re a liar.
Absolutely verifiably factually FALSE not to mention gaslighting bullshit.
You voted against the money to open schools safely. You and the rest of the nearly fascist GOP are well to the right of anything you could call “conservative.”