Thursday, June 19, 2014

Which 17 Democrats Want to Indefinitely Detain 58 Innocent People?

This week, the House is completing its 2015 "defense" appropriations. I would like to highlight two amendments that received votes today.

First, Republican Jackie Walorski (IN-02) offered an amendment to prohibit the use of funds to transfer or release any Gitmo detainee to Yemen who is or was held, detained, or otherwise in the custody of DOD on or after June 24, 2009.

Of the 149 prisoners still being held at Guantanamo, over half (78, to be exact) have been cleared for release. Of those 78, 58 are from Yemen.

In other words, the amendment seeks to hold 58 people in prison indefinitely without cause in conditions deemed torture by the UN.

It passed 238 to 179.

221 Republicans and 17 Democrats voted for it. 175 Democrats and 4 Republicans voted against it.
Here are the 17 Democrats:

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Corinne Brown (FL-05)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Joe Garcia (FL-26)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Jim Matheson (UT-04)
Mike McIntyre (NC-03)
Jerry McNerney (CA-09)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Gary Peters (MI-14)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
David Scott (GA-13)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)

And here are the 4 Republicans:

Justin Amash (MI-03)
Tom Massie (KY-04)
Mark Sanford (SC-01)
Glen Thompson (PA-05)

The amendment—unfortunately—did even better this year than it did last year.

Last year, only 11 Democrats supported it. It lost the support of Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Kurt Schrader (OR-05) but picked up the support of Corinne Brown, Henry Cuellar, Joe Garcia, Gene Green, Mike McIntyre, Patrick Murphy, Collin Peterson, and David Scott.

Last year, 5 Republicans broke party lines to oppose it. Amash and Massie were a part of both contingents. Joe Heck (NV-03), Walter Jones (NC-03), and Doug Lamborn (CO-05) voted against it last year but for it this year. Mark Sanford (SC-01) and Glen Thompson (PA-05) did the reverse.

The other amendment I wanted to highlight was an environmental one.

Democrat Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) offered an amendment to reallocate $3.4 million from research, development, and evaluation at the Air Force to the environmental restoration of formerly used defense sites.

The amendment failed 179 to 242. 175 Democrats and 4 Republicans supported it. 224 Republicans and 18 Democrats opposed it.

Here are the 18 Democrats:

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Sanford Bishop (GA-02)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Tammy Duckworth (IL-08)
Eliot Engel (NY-16)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Mike McIntyre (NC-03)
Gary Peters (MI-14)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
David Scott (GA-13)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)
Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
Marc Veasey (TX-33)

The four Republicans were Jimmy Duncan (TN-02), Chris Gibson (NY-19), Walter Jones (NC-03), and Tom Petri (WI-06).

I will highlight other noteworthy votes as they come up.

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