Maloney blasts GOP for hypocrisy on tax bill and Roy Moore

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney delivered a short, fiery speech on the floor of the House of Representatives this week to accuse his Republican colleagues of hypocrisy for supporting both a deficit-expanding tax bill and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who’s accused of sexually harassing and assaulting teenagers.

The Cold Spring Democrat called the tax bill, which is projected to add at least $1 trillion to the federal budget deficit over a decade, even with economic growth factored in, a reversal of Republicans’ past sermons about “fiscal discipline.” And backing the candidacy of a “credibly accused pedophile” in the Alabama election on Tuesday seemed to Maloney a betrayal of the GOP’s “family values” mantle.

“So, I’ll tell you what, Mr. Speaker,” Maloney told his colleagues in a rising voice. “New rule: after today, the Republican Party can choose to support massive new debts and it can choose to support politicians who abuse kids, but it cannot lecture the rest of us about it! The rest of us have listened to our last lecture from Republicans about family values or fiscal discipline. From now on, that party has no credibility on either issue.”

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