Camp Gives McDermott a History Lesson on Social Security

'I'm glad we're debating current events here, Mr. McDermott'

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Rep. Dave Camp (R., Mich.) gave Rep. Jim McDermott (D., Wash.) a history lesson on Social Security Tuesday during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the failures of the Obamacare rollout.

McDermott began his opening statement by following up on a false claim by fellow Democrat Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.) about there being no Republican support for the Social Security Act in 1935, leading to Camp pointing out that 84 percent of House Republicans voted for the law at the time and drawing laughter from the audience:

MCDERMOTT: Thank you Mr. Chairman. Mr. Rangel has asked me to correct something. The vote coming out of this committee was on a party line vote. There were no Republicans who voted for it when it left this committee with Social Security. There were 81 who finally voted for it. Mostly progressives, but there's none left in the Congress.

DAVE CAMP: 84 percent of Republicans voted for the Social Security Act 77 years ago. I'm glad we're debating current events here, Mr. McDermott.

MCDERMOTT: Reclaiming my time, Mr. Chairman.

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