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Tea Party Roll Call Voting Record on Final Passage of the Patriot Act, 2-14-2011

On February 14, after a series of initial votes, members of the Tea Party in Congress had one last chance to reject Big Government surveillance programs, searches and seizures without probable cause — practices forbidden by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution they swore to uphold.

Tea Party members of Congress are identified here from membership in the Tea Party Caucus, endorsement by Tea Party Express or endorsement by “Tea Party HQFreedomWorks. How did Tea Party members of Congress actually vote on final passage of H.R. 514, reauthorizing provisions of the Patriot Act yet again?

The 122 Tea Party Members of Congress who voted FOR final passage of H.R. 514, reauthorizing the Patriot Act without reform, 2-14-11:

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL, District 4)
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO, District 2)
Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA, District 5)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN, District 6)
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA, District 11)
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX, District 6)
Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH, District 2)
Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI, District 1)
Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND, District 0)
Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA, District 50)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL, District 9)
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL, District 5)
Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN, District 8 )
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX, District 26)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA, District 44)
Rep. David Camp (R-MI, District 4)
Rep. Francisco Canseco (R-TX, District 23)
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV, District 2)
Rep. John Carter (R-TX, District 31)
Rep. Steven Chabot (R-OH, District 1)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, District 3)
Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC, District 6)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO, District 6)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK, District 4)
Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN, District 8 )
Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR, District 1)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL, District 4)
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA, District 19)
Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA, District 15)
Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL, District 10)
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI, District 7)
Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN, District 8 )
Rep. John Fleming (R-LA, District 4)
Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX, District 17)
Rep. Jeffrey Fortenberry (R-NE, District 1)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ, District 2)
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ, District 11)
Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA, District 24)
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO, District 4)
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ, District 5)
Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA, District 6)
Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH, District 18)
Rep. John Gingrey (R-GA, District 11)
Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX, District 1)
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ, District 1)
Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR, District 2)
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA, District 9)
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY, District 13)
Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH, District 1)
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX, District 4)
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS, District 3)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO, District 4)
Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA, District 4)
Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV, District 3)
Rep. Walter Herger (R-CA, District 2)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS, District 1)
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI, District 2)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA, District 52)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS, District 2)
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH, District 6)
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA, District 3)
Rep. Steve King (R-IA, District 5)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL, District 11)
Rep. John Kline (R-MN, District 2)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO, District 5)
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ, District 7)
Rep. James Lankford (R-OK, District 5)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA, District 41)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ, District 2)
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK, District 3)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO, District 9)
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY, District 0)
Rep. Daniel Lungren (R-CA, District 3)
Rep. Thomas Marino (R-PA, District 10)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA, District 22)
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI, District 11)
Rep. Howard McKeon (R-CA, District 25)
Rep. David McKinley (R-WV, District 1)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, District 5)
Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA, District 7)
Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI, District 10)
Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA, District 42)
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC, District 5)
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC, District 9)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX, District 19)
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA, District 21)
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS, District 1)
Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN, District 3)
Rep. Stevan Pearce (R-NM, District 2)
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN, District 6)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX, District 2)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS, District 4)
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA, District 6)
Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ, District 3)
Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH, District 16)
Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI, District 8 )
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL, District 2)
Rep. Michael Rogers (R-MI, District 8 )
Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL, District 12)
Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA, District 40)
Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ, District 3)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA, District 1)
Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC, District 1)
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX, District 32)
Rep. Michael Simpson (R-ID, District 2)
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE, District 3)
Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ, District 4)
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX, District 21)
Rep. Clifford Stearns (R-FL, District 6)
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH, District 15)
Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK, District 1)
Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE, District 2)
Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-OH, District 12)
Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO, District 3)
Rep. Frederick Upton (R-MI, District 6)
Rep. Timothy Walberg (R-MI, District 7)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR, District 2)
Rep. Allen West (R-FL, District 22)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA, District 3)
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC, District 2)
Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS, District 3)
Rep. Todd Young (R-IN, District 9)

The 17 Tea Party Members of Congress who voted AGAINST final passage of H.R. 514, reauthorizing the Patriot Act without reform, 2-14-11:

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI, District 3)
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD, District 6)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT, District 1)
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA, District 10)
Rep. John Campbell (R-CA, District 48)
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA, District 8 )
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA, District 9)
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY, District 24)
Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV, District 2)
Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID, District 1)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX, District 24)
Rep. Thomas Marino (R-PA, District 10)
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA, District 4)
Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-MT, District 0)
Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN, District 1)
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA, District 46)
Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ, District 5)

(source: House of Representatives Roll Call #36)

86% of Tea Party members of Congress supported renewing the Patriot Act without any reform.
13% of Tea Party members of Congress opposed the Patriot Act.
And two Tea Party members of Congress — Dan Burton and John Culberson — didn’t bother to show up for the vote.

Overall, 87.5% of Republicans voted for the Patriot Act — a percentage roughly the same as for Tea Party members (all of whom are Republican), suggesting that the “Tea Party” in Congress doesn’t have an approach to the Patriot Act that’s distinct from the approach of the Republican Party.

If this a sign that the Tea Party in Congress supports the Constitution, I am Princess Margaret.
If someone tells you that the Tea Party has been responsible for opposition to the Patriot Act, send them this information.

19 comments to Tea Party Roll Call Voting Record on Final Passage of the Patriot Act, 2-14-2011

  • How does that compare to Republicans in general?

    • Good question.

      Overall, 87.5% of Republicans voted for the Patriot Act — a percentage roughly the same as for the Tea Party, suggesting that these Tea Party members of Congress don’t have a different inclination toward the Patriot Act than the Republican Party does.

      That oughta go in the body of the article — putting it there now.

  • I know the Teabaggers aren’t the sum of Congress so I am forced to ask the question; did it pass?

  • Nevermind, I see now it did.

  • David C.

    Thanks Jim for putting together that list. Very insightful and disappointing. I won’t vote or support any candidate that support the Act. Now lets really hope we don’t get a false flag.

  • Tom

    Who didn’t know this was going to pass eventually? It’s the new PRISON NATION meme they’re all about. But of course THEY are exempt, immune, use a different set of laws, you know “connected.”

  • Over at DailyKos they’re swallowing the “Tea Party is against the Patriot Act” line fed them by the media, answering the question “Does anybody on Daily Kos care?”:

    “Well, Obama is for it, and the Tea Party against so it’s a bit tricky. It is so shameful that the Tea Party people managed to make this is an issue in their first month in office, and to block the fast track, while the progressives have been unable to do anything about it for 10 years. When will those disaffected by the political process and angry at Washington finally unite, instead of letting ourselves be divided and absorbed into the Two Party system?”

    Never mind that over a hundred progressive Democrats voted against it, and have been voting in similar numbers against “it for 10 years.” The problem is not the voting of the progressive Democrats. The problem is that conservative Democrats and Republicans in and out of the Tea Party have not been joining the progressive Democrats in greater numbers.

  • Tom

    @Jim (above): Probably because the BIG MONEY is behind the ignorant Tea Partiers and Republishams. Progressive politics always gets short shrift in this country because nobody wants to fund the “common good.” The trouble with that is that the T-P and R people are always showing us pictures of “welfare queens” and the like when the real by-products of this are things like roads and infrastructure maintenance that affect everyone. Also the corporations (with giant lobbying firms representing them) get special TAX BREAKS and SUBSIDIES that the rest of us don’t get. So when they start debating on the cuts they HAVE to make to reduce the deficit, it’s always with the (biggest takers of tax money)special interest groups, large corporations and big businesses, and the very wealthy OFF THE TABLE of discussion, like they’re somehow “sacred cows.”

  • David C

    I live in a small county, and in 2008 started participating in the political process. The plan was to get Ron Paul nominated. After going to the precinct caucus I went to the County Convention and was talking about ending the entanglements abroad, that the US was broke, and someone in the crowd yelled out “communist”. The Chairman just sat there on his hands. The local demographics are HS educated, high unemployment, and support the troops. It’s been a long process but the County party is now split just about 50/50 for anti-war/end patriot act/end torture vs the neocon crowd. Still the Grand Ole Party still has a death grip on most of the main issues and are supported fiercely by the die hard repubs. I think people are waking up but will it be soon enough? On the positive Independents now out number the Dems and Repubs and could be a threat to the two party system.

    The real money has been stolen from the people. The MSM now has us fighting over the bones and table scraps. Remember on 9/10 when Rumsfield declared that the Pentagon was unable to account for 2 point something trillion? I’ve heard a few accounts that state the amount was closer to 6-7 trillion. Next day 9/11 the whatever hit the pentagon just happen to hit in the exact area where the computers containing the unaccounted $’s were located. Trillions have been stolen from the people – and now they put on this dog and pony show for the unwashed masses getting us to fight over whether to cut 60 billion and raise our taxes.

  • John K.

    To David C. Do you really believe that blowing up a piece of the Pentagon was necessary for the cover up that you claim? Nothing was blown up to cover up the Kennedy or King assassinations. These people are more cleaver and creative. I would also submit that a less noticeable approach would be preferred. Nothing was blown up to cover up the hundreds of stories that this government wants to keep secret. I am as suspicious as the next, but don’t you think this is a stretch?

  • coppo

    this is NO evidence that the tea party does not have a definitive stand against the patriot act and other unconsittutional legislation. what this IS evidence of, is the fact thata huge number of republicans falsely claimed to support the constitution in order to cash in on the tea party’s momentum and gain office, then turned their backs on the tea party’s principles once in office and continued on the neoconservative agenda as usual.

    • The two organizations most responsible for opposition to the Patriot Act are the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Neither of these organizations are part of the Tea Party movement.

  • Liz

    Most of those that you list as Tea Party members of Congress, are not Tea Party members. My Congressman is listed there and I can tell you he is definitely not a tea partier.

    You might want to check your facts.

  • Liz, you might want to check your congressman.

    In the article I refer to specific lists of information that tie each member of Congress to Tea Party infrastructure. Follow the links to find reference to these lists. You might not like it, but these members of Congress reaped specific benefit from association with Tea Party organizations during the campaign season of 2010.

    • Andrew

      They may have reaped the benefits but that certainly does not make them valid in the Tea Party . They are scum and I did NOT vote for them as I knew they were scum.

  • Lou

    Ok, the original Tea Party member, Ron Paul, is not even listed. The Tea Party, for the most part, has been co-opted by the neocon element of the Republican Party. Newt couldn’t be an original member, and neither could Sarah Palin. Heck, with the list above, altho a senator, even McCain could be considered a Tea Partier! Ron Paul 2012!

  • Cliff

    How did they vote on the NDAA?

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