Social media enthusiasts responded to a contentious exchange on Wednesday between Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert and Democratic Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland regarding government spending.
The House witnessed a fiery debate between Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert and Democrat Representative Steny Hoyer over government spending during the amendments to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for 2024.
Sanctuary City Dispute
Boebert sought to prevent funds from the act from being used for “sanctuary city policies violating federal immigration law.” Hoyer questioned Boebert, asking for specifics on the funds in the bill related to her concerns.
Boebert’s Precautionary Argument
Boebert claimed her stance was “precautionary,” expressing concerns about sanctuary city policies leading to increased crime and drug influx. Hoyer pressed for concrete evidence of funds in the bill supporting her objection, to which Boebert’s response fell short.
Following Boebert’s address, Hoyer, the ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee of Financial Services & General Government, inquired, “Which funds in this bill support the objectives you oppose?” Boebert asserted, “This is a precautionary measure.” Hoyer pressed, asking, “Precautionary for what?”
Rising Crime Rates
Boebert argued that sanctuary city policies contribute to a rise in criminal activity, emphasizing the alleged influx of crime and drugs in these areas. According to Boebert, the policies hinder reporting, as individuals are shielded by what she deems a “fake policy,” undermining the constitutional rule of law in the United States.
Hoyer inquired further, stating, “I understand your point, but you mentioned that none of the funds in this bill are allocated for that purpose. Can you specify which funds in this bill are intended for that objective?”
Denial of Allocation
Boebert contended that the administration has utilized various funds to safeguard illegal aliens. Hoyer countered, asserting that the funds she alluded to were not present in the bill.
“There are no funds allocated in this bill for that purpose. This seems to be an opportunity for you to address an important topic, and I acknowledge that. However, there are no funds in this bill intended to achieve that objective,” Hoyer remarked. He further questioned, “Do you genuinely believe the chairman would allocate funds for that purpose?”
Social Media Verdict
Newsweek has sought comments from Boebert and Hoyer via email. In the meantime, social media erupted in response, with users largely favoring Hoyer in the exchange. Analysts noted that Boebert’s argument lacked specificity, leading to widespread criticism of her ability and experience as a congress member.
Boebert’s Past Controversies
References to Boebert’s past controversies, including her ejection from the Buell Theater for vaping during a musical, resurfaced in social media discussions. Critics questioned her credibility, while others highlighted Hoyer’s lengthy congressional service.
Boebert recently found herself being escorted out of a performance of Beetlejuice on September 10 after allegedly causing disturbance to other patrons by vaping. Her spokesperson denied the claims of her vaping at the Buell Theater in Denver, Colorado.
However, when the footage was made public, the evidence was compelling and Boebert later admitted that while she. “…did not recall vaping. it’s clear now that was not accurate.”
Exxagerated Public Behavior
Further reports from a theatergoer who was just a row behind Broeber at the performance further stated, “These people in front of us were outrageous. I’ve never seen anyone act like that before.” This incident has done little to retain her political support.
While many social media users criticized Boebert’s performance, some defended her, calling for Hoyer’s retirement due to his age. The online community remains divided over the outcome of the Boebert-Hoyer clash, reflecting the broader political polarization in Congress.
Power of Experience
One social media didn’t hesitate in getting to the crux of the matter, “Never get into an argument with an idiot. All they will do is bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”
A Certain Defeat
Another user has little faith in Boebert stating, “She has no chance against Steny. That man is a hell of a legislator. This is what it looks like when an ignorant ideologue goes up against someone with actual legislative knowledge.”
A Small Example
A political enthusiast claims the issue to emulate the bigger picture. “Sadly Boebert’s intelligence level is in line with more Americans than I’d like to admit and that’s not a crime in itself. The bigger issue is her ugly belligerence and indifference to actual knowledge. Instead of trying to become informed and genuinely understand an issue she’d rather be vapid and hysterical.”
An anti-Boebert user adds, “I hate Boebert and all, but she wasn’t ‘destroyed”. He just made her look like the fool she is, just like she does to herself literally every day.”
Lack of Understanding
Another user in the anti-Hoyer camp says, “I think that another interesting thing that this exposes is that, even after being in the House for over two years, she doesn’t understand something as fundamental to the operation of the House as parliamentary procedure.”
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