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In Roll Call Votes, Who Switched on the Patriot Act from Feb-May 2011?

In February of 2011, the House and Senate voted to reauthorize Patriot Act surveillance powers for three months without making any reforms. At the end of May 2011, the House and Senate voted to reauthorize Patriot Act surveillance powers for four years, again without making any reforms. The outcome of these votes didn’t change from February to May, but apparently some minds were changed. More than handful of members of Congress changed their votes.

Members of the House of Representatives who switched from supporting the Patriot Act in February to opposing the Patriot Act in May:

Rep. Gary Ackerman (Democrat-NY, District 5)
Rep. Russ Carnahan (Democrat-MO, District 3)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Republican-UT, District 3)
Rep. Gerald Connolly (Democrat-VA, District 11)
Rep. Joe Courtney (Democrat-CT, District 2)
Rep. Elijah Cummings (Democrat-MD, District 7)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (Republican-SC, District 3)
Rep. Charles Gonzalez (Democrat-TX, District 20)
Rep. Morgan Griffith (Republican-VA, District 9)
Rep. Andy Harris (Republican-MD, District 1)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (Democrat-FL, District 23)
Rep. Martin Heinrich (Democrat-NM, District 1)
Rep. Jaime Herrera (Republican-WA, District 3)
Rep. Jay Inslee (Democrat-WA, District 1)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (Democrat-MA, District 9)
Rep. Donald Manzullo (Republican-IL, District 16)
Rep. Jerry McNerney (Democrat-CA, District 11)
Rep. Christopher Murphy (Democrat-CT, District 5)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (Democrat-CO, District 7)
Rep. Bill Posey (Republican-FL, District 15)
Rep. Todd Rokita (Republican-IN, District 4)
Rep. Scott Tipton (Republican-CO, District 3)
Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (Democrat-MD, District 8 )
Rep. Allen West (Republican-FL, District 22)
Rep. John Yarmuth (Democrat-KY, District 3)

Members of the House of Representatives who switched from opposing the Patriot Act in February to supporting the Patriot Act in May:

Rep. Randy Hultgren (Republican-IL, District 14)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Democrat-TX, District 30)
Rep. Jack Kingston (Republican-GA, District 1)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (Republican-TX, District 24)
Rep. Bobby Schilling (Republican-IL, District 17)
Rep. David Schweikert (Republican-AZ, District 5)
Rep. David Scott (Democrat-GA, District 13)

Members of the U.S. Senate who switched from supporting the Patriot Act in February to opposing the Patriot Act in May:

Daniel Akaka (Democrat-HI)
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (Democrat-NM)
Sen. Maria Cantwell (Democrat-WA)
Sen. Thomas Carper (Democrat-DE)
Sen. Chris Coons (Democrat-DE)
Sen. Richard Durbin (Democrat-IL)
Sen. Al Franken (Democrat-MN)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (Democrat-VT)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Republican-AK)
Sen. Mark Udall (Democrat-CO)
Sen. Ron Wyden (Democrat-OR)

Members of the U.S. Senate who switched from opposing the Patriot Act in February to supporting the Patriot Act in May:

None

Those who switched from supporting Patriot Act surveillance powers to opposing them merit recognition on this issue. The net gain in opposition to the Patriot Act over three months shows that some change is possible. Unfortunately, there will have to be a great more change over the next four years if Patriot Act surveillance powers are ever to reach their sunset.

2 comments to In Roll Call Votes, Who Switched on the Patriot Act from Feb-May 2011?

  • Rosalind Gnatt

    The fact that a substantial majority of Americans oppose the Patriot Act (ref. nationwide variety of polls), and that their elected officials on both sides of the aisle voted with little-to-no debate not only to extend, but to turn a blind eye to even more brutal allowable torture, is as clear a sign as any that we have no vote. Welcome to Fascist America!

  • theotherjimmyolson

    You hit the nail on the head, Rosalind. As with so much else in America we have the form of democracy without the substance.

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