Marjorie Taylor Greene botches movie reference to bash bill protecting federal workers from unjust firing
United States Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday blasting a legislative proposal that would protect civil servants from being fired for political reasons or "without due process" or congressional approval.
The Preventing a Patronage System Act or the PPSA Act was introduced in June of 2021 by House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) in response to an executive order issued by former President Donald Trump (which President Joe Biden nullified) that carved out “an exception to competitive hiring rules."
But Greene argued in her address that incumbent commanders in chief should be free to remove employees at their pleasure, regardless of whether just cause exists.
"The Democrats want to pass this bill to empower Democrat operatives – people that they've hired, people that they've put in their administrations – they wanna make sure those Democrat operatives are there to be able to undermine the next Republican president of the United States. That should not be a federal law. And as a business owner, I'm telling you, it's so important to be able to fire people in your company that aren't doing a good job. And it should be no different for any president. The Executive Branch must be able to have people working there that can be terminated," said Greene.
She then botched a movie reference to make her point.
"Everyone knows the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, and on the Black Pearl – it's the second one – it has pirates on the ship that become part of the ship walls. Effectively, that's what HR 302 is doing. Preventing a Patronage System Act will make employees in the Executive Branch just that: part of the building walls, making it impossible to get rid of them," Green continued.
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Man's Chest – the second film in the namesake saga – it was antagonist Davey Jones' Flying Dutchman, not Captain Jack Sparrow's beloved Black Pearl, where undead buccaneers were interred in servitude in exchange for Jones granting them immortality.
Their freedom was obtained when the heart of Jones, which was stowed in a small treasure box, was stabbed, resulting in his death.
"So for this reason I oppose this bill," Greene concluded, "and I urge my colleagues to vote against it and I yield back the balance of my time."
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\u201cGreene: The executive branch must be able to have people working there that can be terminated. Everyone knows the movie Pirates of the Caribbean and on the Black Pearl, it has pirates on the ship that become part of the ship walls\u2026\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1663261619
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