In a vote reauthorizing the National Marrow Donor Program, only two members of the House voted against the measure: Republican Reps. Majorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert.
The program provides life-saving services like marrow donations and blood transplants.
The TRANSPLANT Act passed the lower chamber in a resounding 415-2 vote on Thursday night. A further 12 lawmakers did not vote on the bill—including another freshman Republican, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina.
Under the bill, the National Marrow Donor Program would be reauthorized for a further five years. The 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.
In a statement, Rep. Greene’s spokesman Nick Dyer said: “Nothing in this bill prevents the funding of aborted fetal tissue by taxpayers. It opens the door for the NIH to use this bill to research the remains of babies who were murdered in the womb.”
Since arriving in Congress in January, both Greene and Boebert have made names for themselves as wacky QAnon believers.
Greene’s antics became so problematic for Republicans, she was removed from all of her committee assignments.
Folks on Twitter found it outrageous anyone could oppose a marrow donor program.
standing up for liberty means fighting bone marrow donors https://t.co/XoHWrvkNvF
— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) April 16, 2021
I was a bone marrow donor in 1991 to an unrelated leukemia patient. I met him, his wife, & 4 year old son in 1992. He lived nearly 22 years after the donation. Below is the letter he wrote to me in 1992.
What is wrong with these people? pic.twitter.com/7fqCxIkzNb
— DudeDad (@DudeDadEsq) April 16, 2021
“I’m against helping people with cancer” is uhh… quite the strategy
— Dad Jokes Panda (@TrashPandaFTW) April 16, 2021
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert think buying automatic weapons should be easy but getting a bone marrow transplant should be made practically impossible. But tell me again how the GOP is the “party of life.”
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) April 16, 2021
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert voted against a national bone marrow registry. When asked to explain this cruelty, Marjorie replied, "It's because I'm even dumber and meaner than Lauren", to which Lauren added, "Wait, Lauren who?" pic.twitter.com/ebpgQssMx4
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) April 16, 2021
Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene were the only two who voted against reauthorizing the National Marrow Donor Program. It takes a special kind of evil to vote against leukemia patients.
— Amy Lynn ✡️🍭🌊 (@AmyAThatcher) April 16, 2021