When I say that my Congressman, GOP Rep. Thomas Massie, is a national embarrassment, idiocy like this is what I mean.
The House passed a series of bills on Tuesday meant to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for his country's actions, including a measure condemning the Russian leader and his government for their alleged roles in covering up the 2015 assassination of Putin political opponent Boris Nemtsov.
The package of legislation, all aimed at adding scrutiny on the Russian government, largely passed by voice vote.
The bill concerning Nemtsov's assassination overwhelmingly passed the House, with only one lawmaker — Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) — dissenting.
“It's been four years since his death, but there's been no proper investigation of his assassination and the cover-up and zero accountability for those responsible — that's certainly an outrage," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in a floor speech ahead of the vote. "This resolution condemns the Kremlin's systematic targeting of its political opponents and calls on the administration to impose sanctions on those responsible for Nemtsov's murder and cover-up.”
Nemtsov, a member of the opposition party who had eyed challenging Putin for the presidency in 2018, was shot and killed in 2015.
Five Chechen men have been charged in his death, but Tuesday’s resolution — introduced by Engel and Foreign Affairs ranking member Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) — claims that Russian officials have prevented others responsible for his murder to be charged.
A bill condemning the Russian annexation of Crimea also easily passed the House, with 427 lawmakers supporting the act. Again only Massie voted against it.
Under the legislation, led by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Steve Chabot(R-Ohio), federal departments and agencies are barred from recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea, which sparked international outrage in 2014.
Out of the entire House of Representatives, apparently this jackass believes that the people of Northern Kentucky want to side with Putin's assassination of Nemtsov and his invasion of Crimea. Could have voted present or skipped the vote, fine.
But to vote no on these?
To openly side with Putin against his country?
What an arrogant asshole.