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Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio is caught on hot mic calling Republican a ‘f***ing a**hole’

Dem Rep Peter DeFazio is caught on hot mic calling Republican a ‘f***ing a**hole’ during heated committee debate about airline vaccine mandates

  • The Oregon Democrat DeFazio could be heard uttering the profanities during a markup for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
  • Mast had introduced three amendments to the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2021 aimed at barring vaccine mandates in aviation
  •  Mast said that Congress does not have the ‘right to take away somebody else’s right to not put something in their body’
  • Federal contractors are expected to have their Covid-19 vaccination by Dec. 8 or risk getting fired. Large airlines are federal contractors 


Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio was caught calling GOP Rep. Brian Mast a ‘f***ing a**hole’ on the House floor as Mast offered amendments aimed at airline vaccine mandates.

As Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, yielded his time to Mast, R-Fla., Oregon Democrat DeFazio could be heard uttering the profanities during a markup for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Mast introduced three amendments to the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2021 aimed at barring vaccine mandates in aviation. The amendments would bar the Federal Aviation Administration or airlines from implementing vaccine mandates for their contractors or employees as part of the bill that would fund the airline industry in the instance of a government shutdown.

‘This debate is one of the most important debates we could have in this committee and in the whole of Congress,’ Mast said during the committee meeting on vaccine mandates.

Mast said that Congress does not have the ‘right to take away somebody else’s right to not put something in their body.’

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla.

Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio was caught calling GOP Rep. Brian Mast a ‘F***ing a**hole’ on the House floor as Mast offered amendments aimed at airline vaccine mandates

Federal contractors are expected to have their Covid-19 vaccination by Dec. 8 or risk getting fired. Large airlines are federal contractors.

Pilots’ labor unions have sought to block the mandates or have alternatives such as regular Covid-19 testing. Biden’s mandate for federal contractors is more strict than his mandate for private business with over 100 employees. Private businesses have the alternative to offer weekly testing, but it’s not clear when that mandate will take effect. 

On Tuesday a Texas judge dismissed a request for an injunction by the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association against the mandate.  

Thousands of employees across the US have been leaving their jobs or getting fired for refusing a Covid-19 vaccine. United Airlines revealed this week that it is spending $3 million a week to keep its unvaccinated workers on paid leave. Several unvaccinated employees filed a lawsuit against the mandate and are now eligible for extended leave benefits until the matter shakes out in court. 

The expletive-laden exchange came amid a tense back-and-forth between De Fazio and Mast, where De Fazio finally ruled Mast out of order and told him, ‘You’ve already wasted time and you’ll waste more.’

‘We’ve got a lot of whacked-out people in this country that are killing people, plain and simple,’ DeFazio said. ‘In three counties in the southern part of my district – deep red counties – vaccine rates of 40%, people have died waiting to get into the ICU.’ 

When it came time for Young to speak, he yielded his time to Mast. ‘Oh, you f***ing a**hole,’ DeFazio said as Mast began to speak. 

Texas Republican Rep. Beth Van Duyne posted a clip of the remarks to Twitter. 

‘Perfect example of how Democrats approach bipartisan debate on important issues,’ she wrote on Twitter. 

‘Appalling how Dem. Chair @PeterDeFazio talks about Rs offering amendments. Proud to support @RepBrianMast in not allowing vaccine mandates to further damage our supply chain.’ 

DeFazio admitted he should watch his language but said he ‘won’t back down’ from fighting for vaccine mandates in a statement to Fox News. 

‘I get passionate when it comes to protecting jobs and worker safety and I call it like I see it,’ DeFazaio said. ‘I was fighting for a bipartisan bill that protects the jobs of Federal Aviation Administration workers from government shutdowns and Congressman Mast was trying to derail the Committee’s work with multiple anti-vax amendments that put aviation worker jobs, health, and safety at risk.

‘Maybe I should watch my language but I won’t back down when it comes to safe vaccines or protecting American jobs,’ he added.

Mast could not be reached for comment.  

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