An effort to restore the jobs and back pay of firefighters who lost their jobs for refusing or even criticizing the COVID-19 vaccine was defeated when four Senate Republicans joined with Democrats to defeat the measure.
Senators 54-45 against U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) “Support the Reinstatement of Trained and Effective Firefighters” amendment which “makes funding available to fire departments that terminated firefighters for refusing vaccination or voicing opposition to COVID-19 mandates only if they offer full reinstatement and backpay to those who lost their jobs.”
The amendment was considered as part of S.870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act, which helps local fire departments hire additional firefighters.
Along with every voting Senate Democrat, Republican senators Susan Collins (ME), Mitt Romney (UT), Mike Rounds (SD) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) voted against the amendment.
Every other Senate Republican voted in favor. California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, recovering at home from illness, did not vote.
“It seems bizarre and contradictory to provide financial support to increase fire department staffing when decisions were made to terminate trained and effective firefighters for no good reason. Firefighters tend to be young and fit, the very people who had the least to worry about COVID-19,” said Paul, before the vote.
“These people were never a threat to their communities. On the contrary, they served their communities bravely and made their neighbors safer. What was done to them, what was done to police, what was done to first responders was shameful and we should stand together to make sure it never happens again,” said Paul.
And right after this fiasco, a Chicago judge orders the City to hire back all those fired for not taking the Jab. With back Pay and interest.
Woo hoo, good.
All four are the big losers in the Republican party. Collins and Romney are just true Dems. They all should have been removed a long time ago. Didn’t Romney just say he was going to become a DUMB Dim.
There’s a price to be paid for an actual big tent party.
Take them off committees in which they are now serving. Censure them for their lack of common sense and compassion for those who refused a useless, and worse: destructive vaccine. Make them feel the weight of their stupidity and guilt. Shame on them!