Last year, articles were written about the fierce and strong conservatives who were unwilling to compromise their values for the satisfaction of the leadership. Conservatives like Tom Graves, Jim Jordan, Steve King, and others were herald as heroes of our movement. That is why today was a shocking disappointment.
The Continuing Resolution that passed today failed to defund Obamacare. It included wasteful spending for the Departments of Commerce, Judiciary, Homeland Security. And it was passed before anybody likely read it because the Senate version was only returned to the House less than 24 hours before the vote, so how could any of these representatives have read the bill they voted to pass.
That is why it was a huge disappointment to see so many stellar conservatives vote yes. I would expect the establishment like Kevin McCarthy, Eric Cantor, Greg Walden, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, and other Hall of Shamers to vote yes, but there were several unexpected names on the list of “yes” votes.
Here are some of the names that I would not have expected and was shocked/saddened to see them vote “yes”:
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA 14)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT 3)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ 8)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R- OH 4)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC 3)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO 5)
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC 4)
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC 5)
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ 5)
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID 1)
Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL 15)
Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ 6)
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL 2)
Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA 39)
ALL of these listed were members of the Madison Project’s Hall of Fame last session. They were the “top dogs” in defending our freedom and fiscal responsibility. They challenged the leadership back then, but today they failed.
And the tea party freshmen we sent in 2012? Most of them failed too, succumbing to the influence of leadership. Representatives like Tom Cotton, Roger Williams, Mark Meadows, Jackie Walorski, and others voted yes too.
Here is the roll call vote: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h89 . ONLY 27 Representatives voted “NO”. Many are allies of ours like Rep. Fleming, Stutzman, Amash, Broun, McClintock, Massie, DeSantis, Salmon, Stockman, and others. They should all be commended and congratulated highly.
Here are the “no” votes…they should be thanked:
- Broun (GA)
- Duncan (TN)
- Gingrey (GA)
- Hastings (WA)
- Smith (TX)
Let’s hope that more conservatives regain their courage to fight.