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'Dangerous nuisance': Pelosi slams Republican who requested roll-call vote on coronavirus relief bill

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 3/28/2020 Anthony Leonardi
Thomas Massie wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone © Provided by Washington Examiner

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed a Republican congressman who attempted to slow the passage of a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

During an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, Pelosi called Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican, a "dangerous nuisance" for insisting on a roll-call vote before the House of Representatives passed the relief bill.

"You were seen talking to him on the House floor before he raised his objection today. Can I just ask you what you said to him and what your view is on what he did today?" Maddow asked.

"I recommended that he take his enthusiasm to the floor and speak about why he was unhappy and let that be his statement instead of making a statement that wasn't going to work, that wasn't even going to register on the clock more than like one minute," Pelosi said of their interaction.

"We always knew we would pass this bill, and we would pass it today. And that we would not let any nuisance stand in the way. And that's really what he was: a dangerous nuisance," she continued, also adding that President Trump was a "dangerous president." 

On Friday, Massie tweeted against Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, saying they were attempting to "insulate" lawmakers from "accountability" on fiscal conservatism. 

"It’s pretty clear now, with enough members here to pass the bill, that Pelosi and McCarthy are still working together to block a recorded vote just to insulate members of Congress from ACCOUNTABILITY. Biggest spending bill in the history of mankind, and no recorded vote? #SWAMP," Massie tweeted. 

Trump called for Massie to be expelled from the GOP for his actions, calling him a "third rate Grandstander." 

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