August 4, 2013

List of Reps who voted for NSA spying on all Americans

August 4, 2013. Washington. Aaron Swartz is dead. Bradley Manning will be in prison for life. Edward Snowden is in exile. Jeremy Hammond will never touch a computer again. They all have one thing in common – they tried to warn Americans that the US government has declared the American people the enemy. And this week, Congress voted to continue the NSA’s universal, 24 hour spying on all Americans. Here is the list of Representatives that voted for it.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) on the House floor arguing on behalf of his Amendment to limit NSA spying on all Americans. Image courtesy of Rep. Justin Amash.

US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) may have said it best while arguing why the NSA – America’s secret police – must continue spying on the activities of all Americans 24 hours a day. He explained, “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” Readers may be wondering where they’ve heard that before. It was Nazi Germany’s Joseph Goebbles convincing the German people why spying on them was in their own best interest. Just like Senator Graham, he explained, “You have nothing to fear, if you have nothing to hide.”



NSA spying and the Amash Amendment

While Congress and the President continue to cut funding for senor citizens, the poor, the middle class, education, Wall Street oversight and all the things that make America a better place, President Obama and his Republican allies are determined to move those taxpayer funds to pay for more wars and more spying on Americans.

In the days leading up to last week’s House vote on a Bill that would authorize funding for the Defense Department’s numerous wars and espionage activities, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced an Amendment that would strip funding for the NSA’s program of continuous, universal spying on all American citizens.

That constant, across-the-board, domestic spying includes continuous monitoring of small children, crippled senior citizens and quadriplegics hospitalized in a vegetative state. The fact is, if you’re an American citizen and you’re ‘on the grid’ somehow, the Defense Department is wasting billions of dollars spying on you, and according to some, violating your civil rights.

Rep. Amash’s Amendment to HR 2397, a Defense funding Bill, was simple and to the point. It would have merely limited the NSA’s ability to spy on Americans they had no legitimate reason to spy on. If passed, the Amendment would have only funded spying programs targeting actual suspects or persons of interest. Currently, all Americans are the subject of nonstop monitoring by the NSA.

Text of the Amendment

As provided by the House of Representatives website, the Amash Amendment reads as follows:

‘None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to execute a Foreign Intelligence Surveilance Court order pursuant to section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861) that does not include the following sentence: “This Order limits the collection of any tangible things (including telephone numbers dialed, telephone numbers of incoming calls, and the duration of calls) that may be authorized to be collected pursuant to this Order to those tangible things that pertain to a person who is the subject of an investigation described in section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861).”’

Amendment defeated

The Amash Amendment was defeated by a vote of 217-205 with 12 Representatives ‘Not Voting’. The NSA will continue to be fully funded to spy on all Americans 24 hours a day. In the end, the vote was bipartisan with most Democrats supporting the Republican Congressman’s Amendment and most Republican Representatives siding with President Obama in opposing it. If anything, the division came down to the richest, most powerful, entrenched, establishment politicians supporting the NSA’s spying, while modest, Main Street Representatives opposed it.

Those opposing the Amendment and supporting the NSA included such elite politicians as House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and former Speaker and current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) also voted against the Amendment. Even House Tea Party Caucus Chair and former Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN), as well as DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), also both opposed the Amash Amendment.


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Roll call vote on Amash Amendment on July 24, 2013 (from US House Clerk)

217 votes against the Amash Amendment and in support of constant, universal spying on all Americans:

Aderholt
Alexander
Andrews
Bachmann
Barber
Barr
Barrow (GA)
Benishek
Bera (CA)
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Boehner
Bonner
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Brooks (AL)
Brooks (IN)
Brown (FL)
Brownley (CA)
Bucshon
Butterfield
Calvert
Camp
Cantor
Capito
Carney
Carter
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Conaway
Cook
Cooper
Costa
Cotton
Crawford
Crenshaw
Cuellar
Culberson
Davis (CA)
Delaney
Denham
Dent
Diaz-Balart
Duckworth
Ellmers
Engel
Enyart
Esty
Flores
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx
Frankel (FL)
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallego
Garcia
Gerlach
Gibbs
Gingrey (GA)
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves (MO)
Green, Al
Grimm
Guthrie
Gutiérrez
Hanabusa

Hanna
Harper
Hartzler
Hastings (WA)
Heck (NV)
Heck (WA)
Hensarling
Higgins
Himes
Hinojosa
Holding
Hoyer
Hudson
Hunter
Hurt
Israel
Issa
Jackson Lee
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Johnson, Sam
Joyce
Kaptur
Kelly (IL)
Kelly (PA)
Kennedy
Kilmer
Kind
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kinzinger (IL)
Kirkpatrick
Kline
Kuster
Lance
Langevin
Lankford
Larsen (WA)
Latham
Latta
Levin
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Long
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Maloney, Sean
Marino
Matheson
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul
McIntyre
McKeon
McKinley
McNerney
Meehan
Meeks
Meng
Messer
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Neugebauer
Noem
Nunes
Nunnelee
Olson
Palazzo
Paulsen
Payne
Pelosi

Peters (CA)
Peters (MI)
Peterson
Pittenger
Pitts
Pompeo
Price (NC)
Quigley
Reed
Reichert
Renacci
Rigell
Roby
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Royce
Ruiz
Runyan
Ruppersberger
Ryan (OH)
Ryan (WI)
Schakowsky
Schneider
Schwartz
Scott, Austin
Scott, David
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Sinema
Sires
Slaughter
Smith (NE)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Stivers
Stutzman
Terry
Thompson (CA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Titus
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Van Hollen
Vargas
Veasey
Visclosky
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walorski
Wasserman Schultz
Webster (FL)
Wenstrup
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (FL)
Wittman
Wolf
Womack
Woodall
Young (FL)
Young (IN)



205 Representatives voting for the Amash Amendment which would limit NSA spying to Americans who are actually suspects or persons of interest:

Amash
Amodei
Bachus
Barton
Bass
Becerra
Bentivolio
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blackburn
Blumenauer
Bonamici
Brady (PA)
Braley (IA)
Bridenstine
Broun (GA)
Buchanan
Burgess
Capps
Capuano
Cárdenas
Carson (IN)
Cartwright
Cassidy
Chabot
Chaffetz
Chu
Cicilline
Clarke
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coffman
Cohen
Connolly
Conyers
Courtney
Cramer
Crowley
Cummings
Daines
Davis, Danny
Davis, Rodney
DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
DelBene
DeSantis
DesJarlais
Deutch
Dingell
Doggett
Doyle
Duffy
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Edwards
Ellison
Eshoo
Farenthold
Farr
Fattah
Fincher
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Fleming
Fudge
Gabbard
Garamendi

Gardner
Garrett
Gibson
Gohmert
Gosar
Gowdy
Graves (GA)
Grayson
Green, Gene
Griffin (AR)
Griffith (VA)
Grijalva
Hahn
Hall
Harris
Hastings (FL)
Holt
Honda
Huelskamp
Huffman
Huizenga (MI)
Hultgren
Jeffries
Jenkins
Johnson (OH)
Jones
Jordan
Keating
Kildee
Kingston
Labrador
LaMalfa
Lamborn
Larson (CT)
Lee (CA)
Lewis
Loebsack
Lofgren
Lowenthal
Lujan Grisham (NM)
Luján, Ben Ray (NM)
Lummis
Lynch
Maffei
Maloney, Carolyn
Marchant
Massie
Matsui
McClintock
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McHenry
McMorris Rodgers
Meadows
Mica
Michaud
Miller, Gary
Miller, George
Moore
Moran
Mullin
Mulvaney
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Nolan
Nugent
O'Rourke

Owens
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Pearce
Perlmutter
Perry
Petri
Pingree (ME)
Pocan
Poe (TX)
Polis
Posey
Price (GA)
Radel
Rahall
Rangel
Ribble
Rice (SC)
Richmond
Roe (TN)
Rohrabacher
Ross
Rothfus
Roybal-Allard
Rush
Salmon
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sanford
Sarbanes
Scalise
Schiff
Schrader
Schweikert
Scott (VA)
Sensenbrenner
Serrano
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Smith (MO)
Smith (NJ)
Southerland
Speier
Stewart
Stockman
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Tierney
Tipton
Tonko
Tsongas
Vela
Velázquez
Walz
Waters
Watt
Waxman
Weber (TX)
Welch
Williams
Wilson (SC)
Yarmuth
Yoder
Yoho
Young (AK)

 

12 Representatives who didn’t bother voting:

Barletta
Beatty
Bustos
Campbell

Coble
Herrera Beutler
Horsford
McCarthy (NY)

Negrete McLeod
Pallone
Rokita
Schock

For more information, or to watch videos of the Amendment’s debate on the floor of the US House of Representatives, visit the Congressional website of Amendment Sponsor Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).

 

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