Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert riled up Twitter users on Thursday after voting in opposition to a bill proposed in the lower chamber that would reauthorize the National Marrow Donor Program, a program that matches donors with people in need of a bone marrow donor.
Despite two no votes, the bill passed on the House floor 415-2, with a total of 12 lawmakers, including GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn, not casting a vote.
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert were the lone two members to vote against a bill that would reauthorize the National Marrow Donor Program, which matches bone marrow donors and cord blood units with patients who have leukemia and other diseases
The bill passed 415-2
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 16, 2021
Rep. Greene's spokesperson Nick Dyer said in a statement to The Independent: "Nothing in this bill prevents the funding of aborted fetal tissue by taxpayers. It opens the door for the [National Institutes of Health] to use this bill to research the remains of babies who were murdered in the womb." When Boebert was asked why she voted no, the lawmaker told The Independent that "this bill added hundreds of millions of dollars to the national debt, while not receiving a [Congressional Budget Office] score or going through the committee process."
Yet, the alleged problems raised about the bill by Greene and Boebert have nothing to do with the bill they voted no on. As CNN noted, the National Marrow Donor Program "keeps an inventory of cord blood and a database of bone marrow donors for matches with patients diagnosed with leukemia and other fatal blood diseases and is not related to the fetal tissue argument raised by Greene or the argument raised by Boebert."
Democratic member of the California State Assembly Buffy Wicks tweeted, "Who votes against the National Marrow Donor Program, you ask? Well, [Marjorie Taylor Greene] and Lauren Boebert—that's who. The 'new face' of the Republican Party, everyone!"
Who votes against the National Marrow Donor Program, you ask?
Well, @ mtgreenee and @laurenboebert — that's who.
The "new face" of the Republican Party, everyone! https://t.co/znvj1c7w55
— Buffy Wicks (@BuffyWicks) April 16, 2021
A countless number of Twitter users blasted the GOP duo over their no vote. "@RepBoebert & @mtgreenee are the white version of Diamond and Silk," wrote Atlantic writer Jemele Hill.
Bellingcat journalist Robert Evans tweeted, "standing up for liberty means fighting bone marrow donors."
"I'm a blood cancer survivor. I didn't think Boebert could get much worse, and yet, here we are," healthcare advocate Laura Packard stated.