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John Kerry: GOP lawmaker against coronavirus package 'tested positive for being an ---hole'

Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryChina emitted more greenhouse gasses than US, developed world combined in 2019: analysis Overnight Energy: Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process| EPA official directs agency to ramp up enforcement in overburdened communities | Meet Flint prosecutor Kym Worthy Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process MORE said Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieOvernight Health Care: WHO-backed Covax gets a boost from Moderna Vaccine hesitancy among lawmakers slows return to normalcy on Capitol Hill Gaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program MORE (R-Ky.) “tested positive for being an asshole” after he opposed the Senate-passed coronavirus stimulus bill and threatened to call for a roll call vote on it in the House. 

"Breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an asshole. He must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity. He's given new meaning to the term #Masshole. (Finally, something the president and I can agree on!)," Kerry, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate, said in a tweet on Friday.

Kerry’s comments were in response to a tweet from President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE, who criticized Massie for stalling the bill, calling him a "third rate Grandstander."

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Trump, who also called for Massie to be thrown out of the Republican Party, later shared Kerry's tweet, saying he was "very impressed" by the former secretary of State's "sense of humor."

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House leaders hoped to pass the bill unanimously in a voice vote on Friday, but Massie's threat to force a roll call forced lawmakers into returning to Washington. 

Massie, a libertarian-minded congressman, was also attacked by fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.  

“Heading to Washington to vote on pandemic legislation. Because of one Member of Congress refusing to allow emergency action entire Congress must be called back to vote in House. Risk of infection and risk of legislation being delayed. Disgraceful. Irresponsible,” Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingNewsmax anchor Greg Kelly to host New York radio show Top GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee Republican Garbarino wins election to replace retiring Rep. Pete King MORE (R-N.Y.) tweeted early Friday morning. 

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Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden address to Congress will dominate busy week Democrats warn Waters censure move opens floodgates HuffPost reporter: DCCC will help Dems fend off progressive challengers to 'keep them happy' MORE (D-Calif.) echoed King’s frustrations, noting a sizable number of members could not make it after being impacted by the virus. 

"Flying back to DC to vote for the stimulus bill. It could pass on a voice vote but some members want to make a statement by potentially asking for an in-person vote. Not all my colleagues can go back for health reasons. So, I’m doing it for them & for my constituents,” he tweeted.

Updated: 12:25 p.m.