Vote Alert: Surrender on the border wall; empower drug cartels and human traffickers

· February 14, 2019  
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CR Liberty Score Update

At the end of 2018, President Donald Trump demanded that Congress give his administration $5.6 billion as a down payment to fund border security and construct physical barriers on the southern border. After a month-long government shutdown and nearly three weeks of further bipartisan negotiations, Congress passed a spending bill that did not give the president anything close to what he asked for. This bill was put together behind closed doors, does not adequately secure the border, will prevent President Trump from building the wall, encourages human trafficking with amnesty provisions, and on top of all that wastes money.

The process that both Republicans and Democrats used to bring this $333 billion spending bill to a vote was evil and wrong, and you don’t have to be a conservative to see that. Lawmakers were given fewer than 12 hours to read the text of a 1,169-page bill before the vote, with leadership of both parties aware that if this bill did not pass, the government would shut down. Congress waited until the last minute, again, and rammed through massive spending legislation before voters knew what their representatives were voting for. Both parties did this to hide things from the American people. Such a government is unfit for a free people.

This vote was to fund the government through September 30, setting up another government shutdown fight this fall, putting spending on autopilot, and again kicking the can down the road on addressing the $22 trillion national debt. On the immigration issue, Congress fundamentally undermined President Trump’s agenda and restricted the president’s ability to build the wall. For $1.375 billion, Trump is permitted to construct just 55 miles of border fencing and is only allowed to build these physical barriers in the Rio Grande Valley. The president is also prohibited from building barriers in strategic locations where fencing is needed — but the law is even more restrictive. The federal government is required to consult with local governments, which must approve of any plans for wall construction. The law empowers local Democrats in the Rio Grande Valley to effectively cancel President Trump’s plans to build a wall in their towns.

Perhaps the worst aspect of this law is a section that will grant de facto amnesty to illegal immigrants. Section 224(a) prohibits the deportation of anyone who is sponsoring an “unaccompanied” minor illegal alien – or who says they might sponsor a UAC, or lives in a household with a UAC, or a household that potentially might sponsor a UAC. The Center for Immigration Studies reports that 80 percent of UAC sponsors are in the United States illegally. This part of the border deal uses migrant children to shield these illegal aliens from deportation, granting effective amnesty to an untold number of illegal immigrants and inviting human traffickers to smuggle children to the border and engage in immigration fraud to stay in the United States.

The legislation also contains a cap on ICE’s detention capacity, expands catch-and-release, and a raises pay for federal workers without spending offsets. It is irresponsible legislation in every way imaginable.

This is a truly bipartisan failure. Democrats in the House of Representatives did not have enough votes to pass the bill by themselves. They needed Republicans to support the bill to pass it out of the House. Instead of withholding their votes for a better bill, many Republicans, some of whom claim to be conservatives, voted for the bill. An alternative short-term continuing resolution to keep the government open while lawmakers read what’s in the spending deal, offered by the House Freedom Caucus, was not even considered.

The U.S. Senate voted to pass this spending deal on February 14, 2019, at 3:59 p.m. in a roll call vote of 83  16.

The House of Representatives voted to pass this spending deal on February 14, 2019, at 8:59 p.m. in a roll call vote of 300 – 128.

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Conservative position: NO


House of Representatives*

*Minority party (Republicans) in italics 

 YEAs — 300

Adams
Aguilar
Amodei
Armstrong
Axne
Bacon
Balderson
Barr
Barragán
Bass
Beatty
Bera
Bergman
Beyer
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (UT)
Blumenauer
Blunt Rochester
Bonamici
Bost
Boyle, Brendan F.
Brindisi
Brooks (IN)
Brown (MD)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Bustos
Butterfield
Calvert
Carbajal
Cárdenas
Carson (IN)
Carter (TX)
Cartwright
Case
Casten (IL)
Castor (FL)
Cheney
Chu, Judy
Cicilline
Cisneros
Clark (MA)
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Cole
Collins (NY)
Conaway
Connolly
Cook
Cooper
Costa
Courtney
Cox (CA)
Craig
Crist
Crow
Cuellar
Cummings
Cunningham
Davids (KS)
Davis (CA)
Davis, Danny K.
Davis, Rodney
Dean
DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
DelBene
Delgado
Demings
DeSaulnier
Diaz-Balart
Dingell
Doyle, Michael F.
Emmer
Engel
Eshoo
Evans
Ferguson
Finkenauer
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Fletcher
Flores
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx (NC)
Frankel
Fudge
Fulcher
Gabbard
Gaetz
Gallego
Garamendi
Gianforte
Gibbs
Golden
Gonzalez (OH)
Gottheimer
Granger
Green (TX)
Guest
Guthrie
Haaland
Hagedorn
Harder (CA)
Hastings
Hayes
Heck
Herrera Beutler
Higgins (NY)
Hill (AR)
Hill (CA)
Himes
Horn, Kendra S.
Horsford
Houlahan
Hoyer
Huffman
Hurd (TX)
Jackson Lee
Jeffries
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson (SD)
Johnson (TX)
Joyce (OH)
Kaptur
Katko
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kennedy
Khanna
Kildee
Kilmer
Kim
Kind
King (NY)
Kirkpatrick
Krishnamoorthi
Kuster (NH)
Kustoff (TN)
LaMalfa
Lamb
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lawrence
Lawson (FL)
Lee (CA)
Lee (NV)
Levin (CA)
Levin (MI)
Lewis
Lieu, Ted
Lipinski
Loebsack
Lofgren
Lowenthal
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Luján
Luria
Lynch
Malinowski
Maloney, Carolyn B.
Maloney, Sean
Matsui
McAdams
McBath
McCarthy
McCaul
McCollum
McEachin
McGovern
McHenry
McKinley
McNerney
Meeks
Meng
Miller
Moolenaar
Moore
Morelle
Moulton
Mucarsel-Powell
Murphy
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Neguse
Newhouse
Norcross
Nunes
O’Halleran
Olson
Palazzo
Pallone
Panetta
Pappas
Pascrell
Payne
Pelosi
Pence
Perlmutter
Peters
Peterson
Phillips
Pingree
Pocan
Porter
Price (NC)
Raskin
Reed
Rice (NY)
Richmond
Riggleman
Roby
Rodgers (WA)
Roe, David P.
Rogers (KY)
Rose (NY)
Rouda
Roybal-Allard
Ruiz
Ruppersberger
Rush
Rutherford
Ryan
Sánchez
Sarbanes
Scalise
Scanlon
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schneider
Schrader
Schrier
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Serrano
Sewell (AL)
Shalala
Sherman
Sherrill
Shimkus
Simpson
Sires
Slotkin
Smith (NJ)
Smith (WA)
Soto
Spanberger
Speier
Stanton
Stauber
Stefanik
Steil
Stevens
Stewart
Stivers
Suozzi
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Titus
Tonko
Torres (CA)
Torres Small (NM)
Trahan
Trone
Turner
Underwood
Upton
Van Drew
Veasey
Visclosky
Wagner
Walden
Walorski
Waltz
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watson Coleman
Welch
Wenstrup
Wexton
Wild
Wilson (FL)
Wittman
Womack
Woodall
Yarmuth
Young

NAYs — 128

Abraham
Aderholt
Allen
Amash
Arrington
Babin
Baird
Banks
Biggs
Bilirakis
Brady
Brooks (AL)
Buck
Bucshon
Budd
Burchett
Burgess
Byrne
Carter (GA)
Castro (TX)
Chabot
Clarke (NY)
Cline
Cloud
Collins (GA)
Comer
Correa
Crawford
Crenshaw
Curtis
Davidson (OH)
DesJarlais
Doggett
Duffy
Duncan
Dunn
Escobar
Espaillat
Estes
Gallagher
García (IL)
Garcia (TX)
Gohmert
Gomez
Gonzalez (TX)
Gooden
Gosar
Graves (GA)
Graves (LA)
Graves (MO)
Green (TN)
Griffith
Grijalva
Grothman
Harris
Hartzler
Hern, Kevin
Hice (GA)
Higgins (LA)
Holding
Hollingsworth
Hudson
Huizenga
Hunter
Jayapal
Johnson (LA)
Jordan
Joyce (PA)
Kelly (MS)
Kelly (PA)
King (IA)
LaHood
Lamborn
Latta
Lesko
Long
Loudermilk
Marchant
Marshall
Massie
Mast
McClintock
Meadows
Meuser
Mitchell
Mooney (WV)
Mullin
Norman
Ocasio-Cortez
Omar
Palmer
Perry
Posey
Pressley
Ratcliffe
Reschenthaler
Rice (SC)
Rogers (AL)
Rooney (FL)
Rose, John W.
Rouzer
Roy
Schweikert
Scott, Austin
Sensenbrenner
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Smucker
Spano
Steube
Taylor
Timmons
Tipton
Tlaib
Vargas
Vela
Velázquez
Walberg
Walker
Watkins
Weber (TX)
Webster (FL)
Westerman
Williams
Wilson (SC)
Wright
Yoho
Zeldin

NOT VOTING — 4

Allred
Deutch
Kinzinger
Quigley

*Minority party (Republicans) in italics 


U.S. Senate

YEAs — 83

Alexander (R-TN)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blackburn (R-TN)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Capito (R-WV)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Cramer (R-ND)
Crapo (R-ID)
Daines (R-MT)
Duckworth (D-IL)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Ernst (R-IA)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Gardner (R-CO)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hassan (D-NH)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Jones (D-AL)
Kaine (D-VA)
Kennedy (R-LA)
King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Lankford (R-OK)
Leahy (D-VT)
Manchin (D-WV)
McConnell (R-KY)
McSally (R-AZ)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Perdue (R-GA)
Peters (D-MI)
Portman (R-OH)
Reed (D-RI)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Romney (R-UT)
Rosen (D-NV)
Rounds (R-SD)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Scott (R-FL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Sinema (D-AZ)
Smith (D-MN)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Sullivan (R-AK)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Tillis (R-NC)
Udall (D-NM)
Van Hollen (D-MD)
Warner (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)
Young (R-IN)

NAYs — 16

Booker (D-NJ)
Braun (R-IN)
Cotton (R-AR)
Cruz (R-TX)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Harris (D-CA)
Hawley (R-MO)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
Markey (D-MA)
Paul (R-KY)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sasse (R-NE)
Scott (R-SC)
Toomey (R-PA)
Warren (D-MA)

NOT VOTING — 1

Burr (R-NC)

Author: CR Staff