Who voted for the orwellian PATRIOT Act?

The Irregular Times provides a tally of “Yes” votes, “No” votes, and abstentions on the renewal of the draconian PATRIOT Act, which I’ve pasted below the jump.  Each name is linked to the site’s measure of how “progressive” each congressman is (hey, at least they’re using the right term from a political science perspective).  That measure in itself isn’t so useful, but these pages do provide some interesting data, like what five congressmen vote most like the one whose page you’re viewing, as well as contact information, etc.

Why was it necessary to provide this tally?   Simply because the vote for the renewal of this ridiculous legislation was cleverly disguised as a vote to approve Senate ammendments to the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act, and one of those ammendments was — you guessed it — the PATRIOT Act. 

And why did the Congress choose to vote this way?  Because the congressmen who voted “Yes” preferred secrecy “rather than having it on the record for everyone to see that they voted to renew the worst abuses of the Patriot Act without any effort to protect Americans from their spying powers at all.”

I’d encourage you to take a look at the list, locate your own representative, and perhaps let them know just what you think of the so-called PATRIOT Act.

Let’s start with those members of the House of Representatives who got it right:

Representatives With The Courage To Vote NO

Neil AbercrombieTammy BaldwinRoscoe BartlettXavier BecerraHoward BermanRob BishopEarl BlumenauerJohn BoccieriBruce BraleyMike CapuanoJason ChaffetzJudy ChuYvette ClarkeEmanuel CleaverCohen – Jerry CostelloJoe CrowleyElijah CummingsPete DeFazioJohn DingellLloyd DoggettJohn DuncanDonna EdwardsVern EhlersEllisonEliot EngelSam FarrBob FilnerBarney FrankMarcia FudgeAl GreenRaul GrijalvaPhil HareJane HarmanAlcee HastingsDean HellerMaurice HincheyMazie HironoRush HoltMike HondaHank JohnsonTim JohnsonWalter JonesSteve KagenDennis KucinichJohn LarsonBarbara LeeJohn LewisDave LoebsackBen LujánDan MaffeiCarolyn MaloneyEd MarkeyDoris MatsuiBetsy McCollumMcDermottJames McGovernGregory MeeksMichael MichaudGeorge MillerWalt MinnickGwen MooreJerrold NadlerRichard NealJim OberstarJohn OlverFrank PalloneEd PastorRon PaulDon PayneTom PerrielloChellie PingreeJared PolisDavid PriceLaura RichardsonTim RyanLinda SánchezLoretta SanchezJohn Sarbanes – Jan SchakowskyRobert ScottJose SerranoCarol Shea-PorterBrad ShermanJackie SpeierMike ThompsonJohn TierneyEd TownsNydia VelázquezPeter ViscloskyMaxine WatersMel WattHenry WaxmanPeter WelchLynn WoolseyDavid WuDon Young

Now, those who stood by and did nothing, though they didn’t do the wrong thing either.

Not Voting:

Gresham BarrettTim BishopRick BoucherLois CappsNathan DealCharles DentMary FallinPhil GingreyRalph HallConnie MackSue MyrickJoseph PittsTom PriceGeorge RadanovichDave ReichertPete StarkBart StupakJohn SullivanLynn WestmorelandJoe Wilson

And finally, the pure scoundrels of the day, the U.S. Representatives who voted to extend the worst parts of the Patriot Act, aspects of the law known to be routinely abused, targeting American citizens, without any reforms whatsoever.

Representatives voting AYE to more spying without reform

Gary AckermanAderholtJohn AdlerTodd AkinRodney AlexanderJason AltmireRob AndrewsMike ArcuriSteve AustriaJoe BacaMichele BachmannSpencer BachusBrian BairdJohn BarrowJoe BartonMelissa BeanShelly BerkleyMarion BerryJudy BiggertBrian BilbrayGus BilirakisSanford BishopMarsha BlackburnRoy BluntJohn BoehnerJo BonnerMary Bono MackJohn BoozmanDan BorenLeon BoswellCharles BoustanyAllen BoydBob BradyKevin BradyBobby BrightPaul BrounHenry BrownCorrine BrownGinny Brown-WaiteVern BuchananMike BurgessDan BurtonG. K. ButterfieldSteve BuyerKen CalvertDave CampJohn CampbellEric CantorJoseph CaoShelly CapitoDennis CardozaRuss CarnahanChris CarneyAndre CarsonJohn CarterBill CassidyMike CastleKathy CastorBen ChandlerTravis ChildersWilliam Lacy ClayJim ClyburnHoward CobleMike CoffmanTom ColeMike ConawayGerry ConnollyJohn ConyersJim CooperJim CostaJoe CourtneyAnder CrenshawHenry CuellarJohn CulbersonKathleen DahlkemperArtur DavisSusan DavisDanny DavisGeoff DavisLincoln DavisDiana DeGetteWilliam DelahuntRosa DeLauroLincoln Diaz-BalartMario Diaz-BalartNorm DicksJoe Donnelly, Mike DoyleDavid DreierSteve DriehausChet EdwardsBrad EllsworthJo Ann EmersonAnna EshooBob EtheridgeChaka FattahJeff FlakeJohn FlemingRandy ForbesJeff FortenberryBill FosterVirginia FoxxTrent FranksRodney FrelinghuysenElton GalleglyJohn GaramendiScott GarrettJim GerlachGabrielle GiffordsLouie GohmertCharles GonzalezBob GoodlatteBart GordonKay GrangerSam GravesAlan GraysonGene GreenParker GriffithBrett GuthrieLuis GutierrezJohn HallDeborah HalvorsonGreg HarperDoc HastingsMartin HeinrichJeb HensarlingWally HergerStephanie Herseth SandlinBrian HigginsBaron HillJames HimesRuben HinojosaPaul HodesPeter HoekstraTim HoldenSteny HoyerDuncan HunterBob InglisJay InsleeSteve IsraelDarrel IssaJesse JacksonSheila Jackson LeeLynn JenkinsEddie Bernice JohnsonSam JohnsonJim Jordan, Paul KanjorskiMarcy KapturPatrick KennedyDale KildeeCarolyn KilpatrickMary Jo KilroyRon KindSteve KingPeter KingJack KingstonMark KirkAnn KirkpatrickLarry KissellRon KleinJohn KlineSuzanne KosmasFrank KratovilDoug LambornLeonard LanceJames LangevinRick LarsenTom LathamSteven LaTouretteBob LattaChris LeeSander LevinJerry LewisJohn LinderDan LipinskiFrank LoBiondoZoe LofgrenNita LoweyFrank LucasBlaine LuetkemeyerCynthia LummisDan LungrenStephen LynchDon ManzulloKenny MarchantBetsy MarkeyJim MarshallEric MassaJim MathesonKevin McCarthyCarolyn McCarthyMike McCaulTom McClintockThad McCotterPatrick McHenryMike McIntyreBuck McKeonMike McMahonCathy McMorris RodgersJerry McNerneyKendrick MeekCharles MelanconJohn MicaJeff MillerCandice MillerBrad MillerGary MillerHarry MitchellAlan MollohanDennis MooreJerry MoranJames MoranChris MurphyScott MurphyPatrick MurphyTim MurphyGrace NapolitanoRandy NeugebauerDevin NunesGlenn NyeDave ObeyPeter OlsonSolomon OrtizBill OwensBill PascrellErik PaulsenMike PenceEd PerlmutterGary PetersCollin PetersonTom PetriTodd PlattsTed PoeEarl PomeroyBill PoseyAdam PutnamMike QuigleyNick RahallCharles RangelDenny RehbergSilvestre ReyesCiro RodriguezDavid RoeMike RogersHarold RogersMike RogersDana RohrabacherTom RooneyIleana Ros-LehtinenPeter RoskamMike RossSteve RothmanLucille Roybal-AllardEd RoyceDutch RuppersbergerBobby RushPaul RyanJohn SalazarSteve ScaliseMark SchauerAdam SchiffJean SchmidtAaron SchockKurt SchraderAllyson SchwartzDavid ScottJames SensenbrennerPete SessionsJoe SestakJohn ShadeggJohn ShimkusHeath ShulerBill ShusterMike SimpsonAlbio SiresIke SkeltonLouise SlaughterAdrian SmithChristopher SmithLamar SmithAdam SmithVic SnyderSouderZack SpaceJohn SprattCliff StearnsBetty SuttonJohn TannerGene TaylorHarry TeagueLee TerryBennie ThompsonGlenn ThompsonMac ThornberryTodd TiahrtPatrick TiberiDina TitusPaul Tonko – Niki Tsongas – Michael TurnerFred UptonChris Van HollenGreg WaldenTim WalzZach WampDebbie Wasserman SchultzDiane WatsonAnthony WeinerEd WhitfieldCharles WilsonRob WittmanFrank WolfJohn YarmuthBill Young

Published in

Post a comment