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John Fetterman tells House Republicans who don't want to vote for spending bills to 'go hump a different leg'
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John Fetterman tells House Republicans who don't want to vote for spending bills to 'go hump a different leg'

Senator John Fetterman (D-Penn.) told House Republicans that they need to bring their votes or "go hump another leg" in reference to passing spending bills.

During an interview with MSNBC on "All In with Chris Hayes," Fetterman was asked about disputes within the House Republican ranks involving the likes of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is calling House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's leadership into question.

"The House looks like it's falling apart, you already got 17 'no' votes and that House Republican caucus saying 'we're not passing anything.' What do you think is happening here?" Hayes asked Fetterman.

"Truly I was very proud of my colleagues, because they're really about governance," the Pennsylvania senator began. "The House, the whatever they call themselves, Team America or whatever they call themselves, bring your vote, otherwise they need to go hump a different leg," Fetterman continued.

Fetterman was also asked about the recent change to the Senate dress code, which has allowed him to work on the Senate floor in his typical T-shirt, shorts, or hooded-sweatshirt combinations that he is known for.

"I've heard that some people were upset about that, and they have been losing their mind," he replied. "Oh my God, you know, dogs and cats are living together — aren't there more important things we should be talking about rather than I dress like a slob?"

Fetterman was previously not allowed to appear on the Senate floor to cast votes in his usual attire and was reportedly forced to make his votes from the doorway of the senators' cloakroom before retreating back to where his attire was acceptable.

The new dress code does not apply to staff members.

"If those jagoffs in the House stop trying to shut our government down, and fully support Ukraine, then I will save democracy by wearing a suit on the Senate floor next week," Fetterman wrote on his X account.

Rep. Gaetz has made frequent statements in September 2023 that Speaker McCarthy is "out of compliance with the agreement" that allowed him to assume his role.

McCarthy had agreed in January 2023 to uphold a series of promises that involved holding votes on array of topics.

Votes on term limits for both representatives and senators, balancing the budget, and releasing all the footage from January 6, 2021, were all among the requirements from the Freedom Caucus to not block McCarthy from becoming speaker.

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