As it turns out my selection for the biggest American political story of last week may indeed have been a bit premature. Very late Friday night the House passed a $ trillion+ infrastructure package that the Senate had previously passed and the President is certain to sign into law (if he hasn’t already by the time you read this). It was sausage making at its best (or should I say worst?). The real issue is that it may (hopefully) still be an incomplete story. Today I want to focus on one of my political pet peeves – the hypocrisy of many elected officials.
This bill alone will provide funding for a plethora of much needed and long overdue public projects. Elected officials love to show up at ribbon cutting ceremonies implying that they facilitated them. In that spirt I want to list the Senate and House members who voted against the legislation. When they show up at the ribbon cutting ceremonies call them out. In any event I have taken my voter guide format below; remember this when deciding who to cast your ballot for.
On August 10th the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 69-30-1. Here are the 30 nay voters. No surprise they are all Republicans. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Braun and Todd Young of Indiana, John Boozman and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Josh Hawley of Missouri, James Lankford and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Mike Lee of Utah, Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Tim Scott of South Carolina, John Thune of South Dakota and Richard Shelby and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Steve Daines of Montana, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin , John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummins of Wyoming, Rand Paul of Kentucky along with Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
In the House six Democrats who I respect and generally agree with voted against the bill. In my opinion, there intentions were noble but they were incorrect in their actions. They are Jamal Bowman and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Cori Bush of Missouri, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
They were joined by 200 Republicans: Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Jerry Carl, Barry Moore, Gary Palmer and Mike Rogers of Alabama, Rick Allen, Buddy Carter, Andrew Clyde, Drew Ferguson, Marjorie Taylor Greene (of the no committees), Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk and Austin Scott of Georgia, Mark Amodei of Nevada, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, Brian Babin, Kevin Brady, Michael Burgess, John Carter, Michael Cloud, Daniel Crenshaw, Jake Ellzey, Pat Fallon, Louie Gohmert, Tony Gonzalez, Lance Gooden, Kay Granger, Ronny Jackson, Michael McCaul, Troy Nehls, August Pfluger, Chip Roy, Pete Sessions, Van Taylor, Beth Van Duyne, Randy Weber and Roger Williams of Texas, Jim Baird, Jim Banks, Larry Bucshon, Trey Hollingsworth, Greg Pence, Victoria Spartz and Jackie Walorski of Indiana, Troy Balderson, Mike Casey, Steve Chabot, Warren Davidson, Bob Gibbs, Bill Johnson, Jim Jordan, David Joyce, Bob Latta, Michael Turner and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, Andy Barr, James Comer, Brett Guthrie, Thomas Massie and Harold Rogers of Kentucky, Cliff Bentz of Oregon, Jack Bergman, Bill Huizenga, Lisa McClain, Peter Meijer, John Moolenaar and Tim Walberg of Michigan, Stephanie Bice, Tom Cole, Kevin Hern, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert of Arizona, Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Kat McCammack, Mario Diaz-Balart, Byron Donalds, Neal Dunn, Scott Franklin, Matt Gaetz, Carlos Gimenez, Brian Mast, Bill Posey, John Rutherford, Maria Salazar, Greg Steube, Michael Waltz and Daniel Webster of Florida, Dan Bishop, Ted Budd, Madison Cawthorn, Virginia Foxx, Richard Hudson, Patrick McHenry, Greg Murphy and David Rouzer of North Carolina, Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn of Colorado, Mike Bost, Rodney Davis, Darin LaHood and Mary Miller of Illinois, Tim Burchett, Scott DesJarlais, Chuck Fleischmann, Mark Green, Diana Harschbarger, David Kustoff and John Rose of Tennessee, Ken Calvert, Mike Garcia, Darrell Issa, Young Kim, Doug LaMalfa, Kevin McCarthy, Tom McClintock, Devin Nunes, Jay Obernolte, Michelle Steel and David Valadao of California, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Ben Cline, Morgan Griffith and Bob Good of Virginia, Rick Crawford, French Hill, Bruce Westerman and Steve Womack of Arkansas, John Curtis, Blake Moore, Burgess Owens and Chris Stewart of Utah, Jeff Duncan, Nancy Mace, Ralph Norman, Tom Rice, William Timmons and Joe Wilson of South Carolina, Tom Emmer, Michelle Fischbach, Jim Hagedorn and Peter Stauber of Minnesota, Scott Fitzgerald, Mike Gallagher, Glenn Grothman, Bryan Steil and Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin, Randy Feenstra, Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa, Ron Estes, Jake LaTurner and Tracey Mann of Kansas, Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith of Nebraska, Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson of Idaho, Garret Graves, Clay Higgins, Mike Johnson, Julia Letlow and Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Jason Smith and Ann Wagner of Missouri, Michael Guest, Trent Kelly and Steve Palazzo of Mississippi, Andy Harris of Maryland, Yvette Herrell of New Mexico, Jamie Herrera, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse of Washington, Chris Jacobs, Elise Stefanik, Claudia Tenney and Lee Zeldin of New York, Dusty Johnson of South Dakota, John Joyce, Fred Keller, Dan Meuser, Scott Perry, Guy Reschenthaler, Lloyd Smucker and Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania, Carol Miller and Alex Mooney of West Virginia along with Matt Rosendale of Montana.
In a masterful display of political prowess Speaker Nancy Pelosi managed to get the bill passed by a vote of 228-206.
Make these people accept the consequences of their actions. Don’t allow them to be hypocrites and claim credit for something they voted against.
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