The U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security for next year forbidding DHS from making large ammunition purchases without Congressional approval. The vote was 234-192.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) proposed an amendment to the DHS spending bill for 2014 that would require the report to Congress before it can pursue plans to buy 1.1 billion rounds of ammunition. Meadows said the speed bump is a necessary reaction to news of the huge purchase, which alarmed many Americans and prompted conservative groups to suspect that the government was stocking up on the rounds to fight citizens.
“Given this large purchase, the American people and members of Congress rightfully had concerns and questions,” Meadows said. “This is a responsible amendment which ensures that Congress and the American people are aware of the necessity and the cost of ammunition prior to entering into new contracts for procurement.”
This is another example of just how thoroughly the Republican party has mainstreamed the crazy. This loony conspiracy theory is so far out on the fringe that even the NRA has debunked it, for crying out loud. And yet 216 Republicans in the House voted for it, with only 13 voting against it. This is pandering to the most extreme voices, people who are even to the right of the NRA. This is one of the differences between the two parties. Yeah, liberals have their loons too, but the Democratic party hasn’t mainstreamed them and given them power.