First-time Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Bobert were the only two lawmakers to vote against the reauthorization of a bone marrow transplant program this past Thursday.
On Thursday evening, a measure to reauthorize a bone marrow transplant passed in the House with a count of 415-2 votes. According to the Hill, “it reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and National Cord Blood Inventory, which facilitate bone marrow and umbilical cord blood donations and transplants for people with leukemia or other blood diseases.” In addition to this, the bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a thorough review on precisely what the science says about the use of adult stem cells and birthing tissues to potentially create and develop new therapies. These could also possibly be included in the bill.
The bipartisan measure was sponsored by Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). Both Majorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Bobert have established for themselves a reputation over the past 6 months in their vocal support for President Trump and more notably, echoing calls of mass voter fraud and that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by Joe Biden. Greene elaborated on her rationale, citing that the bill did not have enough protection against the use of fetal tissue on Twitter. She tweeted the following, “The Fake News Media is attacking me for being TOO PRO-LIFE (100%). Last night, Congress passed a bill which is not clear about preventing the buying of body parts of babies murdered in the womb. I voted NO.”
She furthered her position in a live response later, saying, “The whole reason we are nearly $30 trillion in debt, have murdered over 62 million people in the womb, and have ZERO transparency on our spending is because Congress does not take the time to fully read and understand the bills it passes,” she said. Bobert was also fired up, and responded accordingly. She tweeted, “I’m not voting for bills that don’t go through committee and add hundreds of millions of dollars to the national debt.” Although Greene has legitimate concerns over the rushed bill, many do not take her seriously over some of her extreme viewpoints. Greene apologized to her GOP colleagues over her past support for Qanon conspiracy theories. The House also attempted to illegally remove her from congress over concerns for her often inflammatory beliefs.
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