Allen West Goes on CBS to Criticize Bill He Didn't Fight Against

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"It just feels sooo gooood to be on TV."
CBS News had a story today about a fee built into the two-month payroll tax cut extension approved by the House just before Christmas -- to help pay for the cut, legislators added a tenth of a percent fee to loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Rep. Allen West was featured in the piece as "one congressman... who said he tried to blow the whistle on the whole thing before Christmas."

If West was blowing any whistles, it appears he was doing so pretty quietly.

"I read the legislation, and I raised the flag. Unfortunately, no one paid attention to what I was saying at the time," West said. "It is absolutely a tax increase on [the middle class]."

What CBS omitted, however, was that the tax cut extension (and attendant fee) passed the House by unanimous consent -- which means nobody stood up against it at all. It was brought to the House floor on December 23 at 10:03 a.m. and had passed by 10:05

Politico did run a story about two House freshmen who were considering maybe standing up against the bill, but neither of them was West, and neither of them did.

We requested comment from West but haven't heard back yet.

If you want to check out the legislation for yourself, the stuff about mortgage fees is tucked into Title IV of H.R. 3765. Video of West's CBS appearance is below.



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Diogenes6670
Diogenes6670

Diatribes aside for a moment, here are three useful websites:  the first lists all bills Mr. West has either sponsored (few) or co-sponsored (many).  It is searchable by his name, but you must move from page-to-page manually.  The second shows Mr. West's actual voting record.  The third includes similar information, and more.  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/...[[o]]&items=100& http://projects.washingtonpost... http://www.govtrack.us/congres... commend them to your attention regardless of your political inclination.  An informed electorate is the only hope this country has.

Diogenes6670
Diogenes6670

Diatribes aside for a moment, here are three useful websites:  the first lists all bills Mr. West has either sponsored (few) or co-sponsored (many).  It is searchable by his name, but you must move from page-to-page manually.  The second shows Mr. West's actual voting record.  The third includes similar information, and more.  I commend them to your attention regardless of your political inclination.  An informed electorate is the only hope this country has.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Do Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and Mr. West's out-of-state contributors know he publicly supported defeating a bill that would hurt the middle class? No wonder his fellow Republicans in Tallahassee are gerrymandering him out of a safe congressional district. Say good-bye, Allen. You're about to become a full-time (and 100% token) commentator on Faux News. But look at the good side: You'll finally have an actual role in capitalism, after an entire lifetime of socialist checks to you and your family from the U.S. military. Hey, you be movin' on up, brother! Fuggit the chitlins! Now it's Popeye's all the way!

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Observation for Allen West. You are the boy who cried wolf. No one, of any consequence, listens anymore. You speak excrement.

TGforAW
TGforAW

If you all had read his weekly legislative wrap ups, his facebook status and his tweets HE WAS. Stop the spin and tell the truth and quit downplaying and working for the DEM Liberal spin machine. Use your own brain and make sure you have your facts, also GOOGLE is a good tool when you want to find something on West. He speaks out on every bill he is not in favor of and then he presents why.

Diogenes6670
Diogenes6670

I posted the three websites separately and am awaiting the webmaster's approval of the post.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Person
Person

He posted it on his Facebook, I haven't looked at anything else. But at the same time, that linked site shows that no one opposed the bill. As a congressman, why didn't he vote against it there too?

Ronnieandrush
Ronnieandrush

^^^^^^^^^^^ Incoherent lying moron

I would rebut your argument on specifics, but since you will believe anything that comes out of the right wing fascist media network, I won't because it is literally hopeless. So I will just call you what you are... An incoherent lying moron.

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