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For the Record: Tea Party Caucus Votes for and against the Patriot Act, Feb. 8 2011

Self-appointed congressional heads of the Tea Party movement are fond of declaring it their mission to protect the U.S. Constitution and fight back against the onslaught of Big Government.

Those are words. When push came to shove on February 8, 2011, what did members of the Tea Party Caucus actually do when asked to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act, which empowers government agents to violate the Fourth Amendment when they carry out sneak-and-peek searches of Americans’ homes and offices without probable cause, or carry out ongoing surveillance without any warrants or even suspicion of wrongdoing, on the basis of Americans’ protected First Amendment speech and political assembly? When it came time to act, not just to talk, did members of the Tea Party Caucus stand with or against big government?

Declared members of the House Tea Party Caucus who voted FOR reauthorization of provisions of the Patriot Act on February 8 2011:

Robert Aderholt (AL-4)
Todd Akin (MO-2)
Rodney Alexander (LA-5)
Michele Bachmann (MN-6)
Joe Barton (TX-6)
Gus Bilirakis (FL-9)
Michael Burgess (TX-26)
Dan Burton (IN-5)
John Carter (TX-31)
Howard Coble (NC-6)
Mike Coffman (CO-6)
Ander Crenshaw (FL-4)
John Culberson (TX-7)
John Fleming (LA-4)
Trent Franks (AZ-2)
Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
Louie Gohmert (TX-1)
Ralph Hall (TX-4)
Gregg Harper (MS-3)
Wally Herger (CA-2)
Lynn Jenkins (KS-2)
Steve King (IA-5)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9)
Cynthia Lummis (WY)
Gary Miller (CA-42)
Sue Myrick (NC-9)
Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
Mike Pence (IN-6)
Ted Poe (TX-2)
Tom Price (GA-6)
Ed Royce (CA-40)
Steve Scalise (LA-1)
Pete Sessions (TX-32)
Adrian Smith (NE-3)
Lamar Smith (TX-21)
Cliff Stearns (FL-6)
Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3)
Joe Wilson (SC-2)

Declared members of the House Tea Party Caucus who voted AGAINST reauthorization of provisions of the Patriot Act on February 8 2011:

Roscoe Bartlett (MD-6)
Rob Bishop (UT-1)
Paul Broun (GA-10)
Tom Graves (GA-9)
Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
Tom McClintock (CA-4)
Denny Rehberg (MT)
Phil Roe (TN-1)

You can see for yourself. For most members of the Tea Party Caucus, defense of liberty is just a pose.

Then there’s Doug Lamborn (CO-5), who didn’t show up to cast a vote. Is absence in the defense of liberty a virtue or a vice?

2 thoughts on “For the Record: Tea Party Caucus Votes for and against the Patriot Act, Feb. 8 2011”

  1. charlie keil says:

    Big booboo above: you have all these teapartiers voting FOR. The 8 on the right — Bartlett, Bishop, Broun, ETC voted against, and we should honor them for defending the Constitution, inalienable rights, etc.
    PRAISE THE Non-POSERS!!! Don’t let a sloppy typo make it appear that you smear the whole T-party.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Fixed the FOR to AGAINST. Thanks for noting the typo.

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