On April 15, 2021, the Transplant Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives with a resounding majority. The act reauthorized the National Marrow Donor Program for another five years.
The program maintains a database that matches bone marrow donors and cord blood units with people who have serious blood diseases, including leukemia. Cord blood units entail blood taken from a baby’s umbilical cord to help treat leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia, and other diseases.
While almost all Democrats and Republicans in the House voted in favor of this act, the lone two “nays” stood out, and both came from Republicans. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado voted against the bill that passed the House in a 415-2 vote.
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert were the lone two members to vote against a bill that would reauthorize the National Marrow Donor Program, which matches bone marrow donors and cord blood units with patients who have leukemia and other diseases
The bill passed 415-2
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 16, 2021
Their votes can be found on the website of the U.S. House of Representatives here.
They immediately faced criticism online, including from one Democrat from the California State Assembly, who tweeted:
Who votes against the National Marrow Donor Program, you ask?
Well, @ mtgreenee and @laurenboebert — that’s who.
The “new face” of the Republican Party, everyone! https://t.co/znvj1c7w55
— Buffy Wicks (@BuffyWicks) April 16, 2021
Others online called them “comically evil” and “assassins”:
Comically evil and for no reason other than they’ll get talked about bc of the vote https://t.co/qO2pGybkYg
— Carl Anderson fan club (@JimWebb2016) April 16, 2021
They are not Members of Congress. They are assassins. https://t.co/BEQqM190T2
— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@KagroX) April 16, 2021
A representative for Greene told Newsweek that she opposed the bill because, “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.”
Boebert told CNN, “This bill added hundreds of millions of dollars to the national debt, while not receiving a CBO score or going through the committee process,” a reference to scoring done by the Congressional Budget Office, which tells lawmakers how much money each legislation would cost.
Rep. Doris Matsui, the bill’s main sponsor, praised its passage and called on the Senate to take action to approve the bill next.
Given that Boebert’s and Greene’s votes are publicly available, we rate this claim as “True.”