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

Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBiden's climate plans can cut emissions and also be good politics Biden soars as leader of the free world The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday MORE said Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieCheney seeks to cool tensions with House conservatives House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power Ron Paul hospitalized in Texas 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 John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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) KingRundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Democrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade Treasury withheld nearly M from FDNY 9/11 health program MORE (R-N.Y.) tweeted early Friday morning. 

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Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezDemocrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Twitter users urge MSNBC's Steve Kornacki to donate his beat-up necktie to Smithsonian Democrats call for IRS to review tax-exempt status of NRA 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.