During a floor debate on the GIFT Act (Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act), Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC) took it to Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (OH) for Kilroy’s vote to block consideration of a bill to require Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to recoup the AIG bonuses.
In an inflammatory exchange, Foxx grilled Kilroy about why she did not “stand up and serve her constituents” and stop the bonus payments “on behalf of the American taxpayer.” When Kilroy continued avoiding the question and making excuses, Foxx interrupted in attempt to force an answer. She was never able to do so. Watch the exchange here.
Foxx Exit Quote: “It is my belief, that this is the time and place for this debate. It is the time and place for there to be accountability and responsibility. We’ve heard those words over and over and over from the other side and the President…its time that the other side decide to live up to their responsibility and their accountability.“