Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene Is One of 49 Republicans To Vote Against ‘Food Security for Veterans’ Bill

Toby Hazlewood

The bill passed in spite of obstruction

On September 29, House Representatives voted on bill HR8888 - the 'Food Security for All Veterans Act'. The bill seeks to address food insecurity among working age veterans, broadening access to schemes such as food stamps that help to prevent those in need from going hungry.

The bill passed the house by 376 votes to 49 - the votes against it all coming from Republicans including Georgia's Marjorie Taylor-Greene and the usual crowd of Republican Representatives who seem intent on blocking bills that should seem like no-brainers to support.

To vote against bills that seem to have little downside for anyone - providing help to Americans in need - is sadly in character for House Republicans like Taylor-Greene, Matt Gaetz of Florida, and Thomas Massie of Kentucky.

Votes against a human-trafficking bill

Taylor-Greene and Gaetz were amongst the 20 House Republicans who earlier this year voted against the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention & Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022. Given that the bill was intended to put in place measures to prevent human-trafficking, to punish those who commit the crime and to help those who have been victim of it, her motivation to vote against seems hard to understand.

Then again, the same could be said of voting against a bill that seeks to help out American veterans by helping them to avoid food insecurity.

Gaetz is similarly extreme in his views - earlier this year he voted against a bill intended to cap the price of insulin, the life-saving drug needed by diabetics. His answer to the problem was far more direct; that type 2 diabetics should instead lose weight and exercise more.

What's the motivation

It's hard to fathom what might press Taylor-Greene to vote against a measure that would help out veterans with such basic assistance? Her motivation isn't always clear, other than perhaps to ensure that she gains press coverage as a result of her controversial and contrarian actions.

In May of this year, she consistently voted against measures that would have seen aid provided to Ukrainians in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country.

When explaining her motives for these votes, Taylor-Greene claimed to be motivated to represent the interests of the people of Georgia. She then went on to reel off a number of issues that she believes are more worthy of her attention, including the Mexico border crisis and the trafficking of humans and fentanyl.

Most would agree that these are little to do with the state of Georgia but rather are issues more immediately relevant to Texas and Arizona, and hot topics of obsession for conservative Republicans like herself.

While the bill passed, it seems hard to fathom why Taylor-Greene and other Republicans would vote in this way. Since it's entirely in-character for them however, it seems unlikely to change at any point soon.

Do you think Marjorie Taylor-Greene should be voting more positively regarding bills that have a clear humanitarian purpose rather than using the votes to gain publicity for herself? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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