U.S. Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) said today said on Twitter that he will seek a roll call vote on the stimulus package. Massie has been threatening this action and he has faced scorching criticism from his colleagues and the White House over that scenario.
Massie has been drawing calls from the White House to throw him out of the Republican Party. “Throw Massie out of the Republican Party!” Trump tweeted on Friday.
Even before the 49-year-old drew Trump’s ire on Twitter, he had been a thorn in the side of both parties so long that he’s nicknamed “Mr. No.” Massie was first elected in 2012 and by 2014, Massie had voted “no” so many times on legislation that Politico dubbed him “Mr. No.”
Massie on Thursday night noted that the coronavirus bill, with about $2 trillion of new spending and $4 trillion of stimulus via monetary policy from the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve, equated to “$60,000 per family of new national debt and dollar devaluation in this stimulus.”
The bill is expected to pass overwhelmingly in the House, even if Massie or another member scuttles the effort to vote on the bill by voice vote or unanimous consent.