Vote Alert: Pass a bill that will lead to continued nation-building

· November 27, 2018  
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The House of Representatives voted on the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018, a bill that directs the federal government to create an interagency initiative to prevent violence and stabilize foreign countries where conflict exists. Though noble in its intentions to reduce global violence, this legislation will lead to continued and open-ended nation-building overseas, committing the American government to develop foreign countries at the taxpayer’s expense.

It calls for the government to identify at least six countries or regions and develop 10-year plans to address conflicts in those regions to strategically reduce violence there. The bill commits the U.S. Department of Defense provide “security” for stabilization activities of the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The bill also requires that the initiative be developed in coordination with foreign governments and mandates regular reports to Congress on all funding requested, planned, and projected to execute these programs.

In short, this bill invites an expansion of U.S. foreign aid and involvement in foreign affairs designed to build up the institutions of foreign nations. It is not the role of American government to secure good government for foreign countries in violent areas of the world without clearly defined U.S. national security interests. Violence in other countries that might lead to future terroristic threats is not a clearly defined national security interest. The United States cannot be expected to go in search of monsters to destroy.

In the realm of foreign policy and national security, Congress should always have an inward focus and be accountable to the voters for any actions — aggressive or defensive. This bill would create separate funding and policy ranks and expand the power of bureaucracies to influence future foreign actions and initiatives. This further expands the government, cedes autonomy to non-elected officials, and ties the hands of Congress for independent action while committing the U.S. government to foreign involvement indefinitely.

The House of Representatives passed the bill on November 27, 2018, at 7:08 p.m. in a roll call vote of 376 – 16.

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Conservative position: NO


House of Representatives*

*Minority party (Democrats) in italics

YEAs — 376

Abraham
Adams
Aderholt
Aguilar
Allen
Arrington
Babin
Bacon
Balderson
Banks (IN)
Barr
Barragán
Bass
Beatty
Bera
Bergman
Beyer
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blackburn
Blumenauer
Blunt Rochester
Bonamici
Bost
Boyle, Brendan F.
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Brat
Brooks (IN)
Brown (MD)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Buck
Bucshon
Budd
Bustos
Butterfield
Byrne
Calvert
Capuano
Carbajal
Cárdenas
Carson (IN)
Carter (GA)
Carter (TX)
Cartwright
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Chabot
Cheney
Chu, Judy
Cicilline
Clark (MA)
Clarke (NY)
Clay
Cleaver
Cloud
Clyburn
Coffman
Cohen
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Comer
Comstock
Conaway
Connolly
Cook
Cooper
Correa
Costa
Costello (PA)
Courtney
Cramer
Crawford
Crist
Crowley
Cuellar
Curbelo (FL)
Curtis
Davidson
Davis (CA)
Davis, Danny
Davis, Rodney
DeFazio
DeGette
Delaney
DeLauro
DelBene
Demings
DeSaulnier
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dingell
Doggett
Donovan
Doyle, Michael F.
Duncan (SC)
Dunn
Emmer
Engel
Eshoo
Espaillat
Estes (KS)
Esty (CT)
Evans
Faso
Ferguson
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Flores
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx
Frankel (FL)
Fudge
Gabbard
Gallagher
Gallego
Garamendi
Gianforte
Gibbs
Gomez
Goodlatte
Gottheimer
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (LA)
Graves (MO)
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffith
Grijalva
Guthrie
Handel
Harper
Hartzler
Heck
Hensarling
Hern
Herrera Beutler
Higgins (LA)
Higgins (NY)
Hill
Himes
Holding
Hollingsworth
Hoyer
Hudson
Huffman
Huizenga
Hultgren
Hunter
Hurd
Issa
Jackson Lee
Jayapal
Jeffries
Jenkins (KS)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (LA)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, E. B.
Johnson, Sam
Jordan
Joyce (OH)
Kaptur
Katko
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kelly (MS)
Kelly (PA)
Kennedy
Khanna
Kihuen
Kildee
Kilmer
Kind
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kinzinger
Krishnamoorthi
Kuster (NH)
Kustoff (TN)
LaHood
Lamb
Lamborn
Lance
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Latta
Lawrence
Lawson (FL)
Lee
Lesko
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lewis (MN)
Lieu, Ted
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Lofgren
Long
Love
Lowenthal
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lujan Grisham, M.
Luján, Ben Ray
Lynch
MacArthur
Maloney, Carolyn B.
Marchant
Marino
Marshall
Mast
Matsui
McCarthy
McCaul
McCollum
McEachin
McGovern
McHenry
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
McSally
Meadows
Meeks
Meng
Mitchell
Moolenaar
Mooney (WV)
Moore
Morelle
Moulton
Mullin
Murphy (FL)
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Newhouse
Norcross
Norman
Nunes
O’Halleran
O’Rourke
Olson
Palazzo
Pallone
Palmer
Panetta
Pascrell
Paulsen
Payne
Pearce
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Perry
Peters
Peterson
Pingree
Pittenger
Pocan
Poe (TX)
Poliquin
Polis
Posey
Price (NC)
Quigley
Raskin
Reed
Reichert
Rice (NY)
Richmond
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rohrabacher
Rokita
Rooney, Francis
Ros-Lehtinen
Rosen
Ross
Rothfus
Rouzer
Roybal-Allard
Ruiz
Ruppersberger
Russell
Rutherford
Ryan (OH)
Sánchez
Sarbanes
Scalise
Scanlon
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schneider
Schrader
Schweikert
Scott (VA)
Scott, Austin
Scott, David
Sensenbrenner
Serrano
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Sinema
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Smucker
Soto
Speier
Stefanik
Stewart
Stivers
Suozzi
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Taylor
Tenney
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Titus
Tonko
Torres
Trott
Tsongas
Turner
Upton
Vargas
Veasey
Vela
Velázquez
Visclosky
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walker
Walorski
Wasserman Schultz
Waters, Maxine
Watson Coleman
Weber (TX)
Webster (FL)
Welch
Wenstrup
Westerman
Williams
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Womack
Woodall
Yarmuth
Yoder
Yoho
Young (AK)
Young (IA)
Zeldin

NAYs — 16

Amash
Biggs
Blum
Brooks (AL)
Duncan (TN)
Gaetz
Gohmert
Gosar
Grothman
Harris
Hice, Jody B.
Loudermilk
Massie
McClintock
Rice (SC)
Sanford

Not Voting — 38

Amodei
Barletta
Barton
Bishop (MI)
Burgess
Culberson
Cummings
Denham
DesJarlais
Duffy
Ellison
Frelinghuysen
Garrett
Gonzalez (TX)
Gowdy
Gutiérrez
Hanabusa
Hastings
Jones
Knight
Labrador
LaMalfa
Maloney, Sean
Messer
Noem
Nolan
Ratcliffe
Renacci
Rooney, Thomas J.
Roskam
Royce (CA)
Rush
Sires
Tipton
Valadao
Walters, Mimi
Walz
Wilson (FL)

 *Minority party (Democrats) in italics

Author: CR Staff