A report from Orlando Weekly from December 2017 reported that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was the single "no" vote on a bill titled the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act. The legislation aimed to supply the federal government with more resources to fight sex trafficking. It then passed unanimously through the U.S. Senate.
In all of the Republican-led House and Senate, Gaetz was the only one not to support the bill.
"Unless there is an overwhelming, compelling reason that our existing agencies in the federal government can't handle that problem, I vote no because voters in Northwest Florida did not send me to Washington to go and create more federal government," Gaetz said in a Facebook Live video, reported the Pensacola News Journal. "If anything, we should be abolishing a lot of the agencies at the federal level like the Department of Education, like the EPA and sending that power back to our state governments."
Now it's Gaetz who is being investigated for any role he may have played in sex trafficking through a friend, former Seminole Tax Collector Joel Greenberg.
It prompted many to wonder if the two things are linked or just a coincidence. Coincidently, Gaetz also announced earlier on Tuesday that he may retire early, having just served in office for two terms. For officials to get a Congressional pension, they have to serve in Congress for five years.
See the questions from Twitter users below:
How it started: Matt Gaetz was the only Congressperson to vote against the anti-human trafficking bill How it’s go… https://t.co/zaXgGk5BjR— Lindy Li (@Lindy Li)1617153882.0
@Rschooley Just randomly being the lone no vote on a sex trafficking bill, eh? https://t.co/A7U868bjAu— Dave Simon (@Dave Simon)1617142881.0
With the news that Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is under investigation from the Department of Justice for potentially vi… https://t.co/HESRINI476— John FitzGerald (@John FitzGerald)1617152943.0
So...Matt Gaetz, who was the only MoC to vote against the human trafficking bill passed in 2017, is being investiga… https://t.co/fvSjo9WHgS— Rourke New York 🏳️🌈 (@Rourke New York 🏳️🌈)1617144902.0
"That Matt Gaetz could vote against a law to fight human trafficking/sex slave trade is beyond comprehension," said… https://t.co/4sUZe3K5Ip— dylan🇺🇸 (@dylan🇺🇸)1617148141.0
@denisewu @kylegriffin1 No wonder this also https://t.co/sr4PnRB9EM— Bert Gilfoyle 😷🏡💻 (@Bert Gilfoyle 😷🏡💻)1617141278.0
Matt Gaetz the ONLY congressman to vote against a child sex trafficking bill if that wasn't a big enough hint of wh… https://t.co/0sO8QfIFkf— Self Absent (@Self Absent)1617158065.0
And now we know why he voted against the sex trafficking bill. https://t.co/mf4UvRwlea— A PANTS - You still have to wear a mask 😷 (@A PANTS - You still have to wear a mask 😷)1617150087.0
I got nothing to add to this bizarre Matt Gaetz story. I’ll wait for actual facts to come out. I will say this abou… https://t.co/RHAxQmrhRA— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1617154790.0
This is why Matt Gaetz has told people that he may decide not to run again for congress. New York Times: Matt Gaet… https://t.co/mdxmtJr9tL— Bill Madden (@Bill Madden)1617144239.0