List of Democrats Who Voted For Anti-Refugee Bill in the US House

November 19, 2015 was a sad day in America. Nearly 50 Democrats chose cowardice over leadership in the US House of Representatives by voting in favor of HR 4038 “American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act.” The bill does essentially nothing and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said the bill will never get through the Senate. But even if it did get through the Senate, the bill doesn’t do anything to the process of screening refugees from Syria or Iraq or anywhere else.

The Department of Homeland Security refugee screening process is arduous and can take as long as two years to complete. Why these 47 Democrats decided it made sense to come out in favor of a bill designed to prove one’s capacity for bigotry is not yet known.

The reason Republicans voted for it is obvious. Being a bigot for many Republicans is an asset.

Here’s the list of 47 Democrats who failed the leadership test today. The full roll call vote can be found here. Two Republicans voted against this bill.

Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar


Pete Aguilar (California’s 31st District)

Brad Ashford

Brad Ashford


Brad Ashford (Nebraska’s 2nd District)

Ami Bera

Ami Bera


Ami Bera (Sacremento County California)

Sanford Bishop

Sanford Bishop


Sanford Bishop (Middle and Southwest Georgia)

Julia Brownley

Julia Brownley


Julia Brownley (California’s 26th District)

Cheri Bustos

Cheri Bustos


Cheri Bustos (Illinois’ 17th District)

John Carney

John Carney


John Carney (Delaware)

Gerry Connolly

Gerry Connolly


Gerry Connolly (Virginia’s 11th District)

Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper


Jim Cooper (Tennessee’s 5th District)

Jim Costa

Jim Costa


Jim Costa (California’s 16th District)

Joe Courtney

Joe Courtney


Joe Courtney (Connecticut’s 2nd District)

Henry Cuellar

Henry Cuellar


Henry Cuellar (Texas’ 28th District)

John Delaney

John Delaney


John Delaney (Maryland’s 6th District)

Lloyd Doggett

Lloyd Doggett


Lloyd Doggett (Texas)

Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard


Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii’s 2nd District)

John Garamendi

John Garamendi


John Garamendi (California’s 3rd District)

Gwen Graham

Gwen Graham


Gwen Graham (Florida’s 2nd District)

Gene Green

Gene Green


Green, Gene (29th District of Texas)

Janice Hahn

Janice Hahn


Janice Hahn (California’s 44th District)

Jim Himes

Jim Himes


Jim Himes (Connecticut’s 4th District)

Steve Israel

Steve Israel


Steve Israel (New York’s 3rd District)

Marcy Kaptur

Marcy Kaptur


Marcy Kaptur (Ohio)

Bill Keating

Bill Keating


Bill Keating (Massachusetts’ 9th District)

Ron Kind

Ron Kind


Ron Kind (Wisconsin’s 3rd District)

Ann McLane Kuster

Ann McLane Kuster


Ann McLane Kuster (New Hampshire’s 2nd District)

Jim Langevin

Jim Langevin


Jim Langevin (Rhode Island’s 2nd District)

Daniel Lipinski

Daniel Lipinski


Daniel Lipinski (3rd District of Illinois)

Dave Loebsack

Dave Loebsack


Dave Loebsack (Iowa’s 2nd District)

Stephen Lynch

Stephen Lynch


Stephen Lynch (Massachusett’s 8th District)

Sean Maloney

Sean Maloney


Sean Maloney (New York’s 18th District)

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy


Patrick Murphy (Florida’s 18th District)

Rick Nolan

Rick Nolan


Rick Nolan (Minnesota’s 8th District)

Donald Norcross

Donald Norcross


Donald Norcross (New Jersey’s 1st District)

Scott Peters

Scott Peters


Scott Peters (California’s 52nd District)

Collin Peterson

Collin Peterson


Collin Peterson (Minnesota’s 7th District)

Jared Polis

Jared Polis


Jared Polis (Colorado’s 2nd District)

Kathleen Rice

Kathleen Rice


Kathleen Rice (New York’s 4th District)

Raul Ruiz

Raul Ruiz


Raul Ruiz (California’s 36th District)

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan


Tim Ryan (Ohio’s 13th District)

Kurt Schrader

Kurt Schrader


Kurt Schrader (Oregon’s 5th District)

David Scott

David Scott


David Scott (Georgia’s 13th District)

Terri Sewell

Terri Sewell


Terri Sewell (Alabama’s 7th District)

Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema


Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona’s 9th District)

Louise Slaughter

Louise Slaughter


Louise Slaughter (New York’s 25th District)

Marc Veasey

Marc Veasey


Marc Veasey (33rd District of Texas)

Filemon Vela

Filemon Vela


Filemon Vela (34th District of Texas)

Tim Walz

Tim Walz


Tim Walz (Minnesota’s 1st District)

Full Text of HR 4038 – American SAFE Act of 2015

114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4038

 

To require that supplemental certifications and background investigations be completed prior to the admission of certain aliens as refugees, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 17, 2015

Mr. McCaul (for himself and Mr. Hudson) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To require that supplemental certifications and background investigations be completed prior to the admission of certain aliens as refugees, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015” or as the “American SAFE Act of 2015”.

SEC. 2. REVIEW OF REFUGEES TO IDENTIFY SECURITY THREATS TO THE UNITED STATES.

 

(a) Background Investigation.—In addition to the screening conducted by the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall take all actions necessary to ensure that each covered alien receives a thorough background investigation prior to admission as a refugee. A covered alien may not be admitted as a refugee until the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation certifies to the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence that each covered alien has received a background investigation that is sufficient to determine whether the covered alien is a threat to the security of the United States.

 

(b) Certification By Unanimous Concurrence.—A covered alien may only be admitted to the United States after the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the unanimous concurrence of the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence, certifies to the appropriate Congressional Committees that the covered alien is not a threat to the security of the United States.

 

(c) Inspector General Review Of Certifications.—The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security shall conduct a risk-based review of all certifications made under subsection (b) each year and shall provide an annual report detailing the findings to the appropriate Congressional Committees.

 

(d) Monthly Report.—The Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the appropriate Congressional Committees a monthly report on the total number of applications for admission with regard to which a certification under subsection (b) was made and the number of covered aliens with regard to whom such a certification was not made for the month preceding the date of the report. The report shall include, for each covered alien with regard to whom a certification was not made, the concurrence or nonconcurrence of each person whose concurrence was required by subsection (b).

 

(e) Definitions.—In this Act:

(1) COVERED ALIEN.—The term “covered alien” means any alien applying for admission to the United States as a refugee who—

(A) is a national or resident of Iraq or Syria;

 

(B) has no nationality and whose last habitual residence was in Iraq or Syria; or

 

(C) has been present in Iraq or Syria at any time on or after March 1, 2011.

 

(2) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE.—The term “appropriate Congressional Committees” means—

(A) the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate;

 

(B) the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate;

 

(C) the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate;

 

(D) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate;

 

(E) the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate;

 

(F) the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate;

 

(G) the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives;

 

(H) the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives;

 

(I) the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives;

 

(J) the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives;

 

(K) the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives; and

 

(L) the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.

Roll Call Vote on American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act (HR 4038)

Here is how the US House of Representatives voted today on the bill “American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act (HR 4038).” This is in reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris and how/if Syrian refugees will be processed in the United States. President Obama has said that the US will take in 10,000, of the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the war in Syria and other war-torn countries like Iraq.

The bill passed. This vote was recorded on November 19, 2015 at 1:55PM.

Democrats are in italics. Independents are underlined.

Voted Yes (289)

Abraham

Aderholt

Aguilar

Allen

Amash

Amodei

Ashford

Babin

Barletta

Barr

Barton

Benishek

Bera

Bilirakis

Bishop (GA)

Bishop (MI)

Bishop (UT)

Black

Blackburn

Blum

Bost

Boustany

Brady (TX)

Brat

Bridenstine

Brooks (AL)

Brooks (IN)

Brownley (CA)

Buchanan

Buck

Bucshon

Burgess

Bustos

Byrne

Calvert

Carney

Carter (GA)

Carter (TX)

Chabot

Chaffetz

Clawson (FL)

Coffman

Cole

Collins (GA)

Collins (NY)

Comstock

Conaway

Connolly

Cook

Cooper

Costa

Costello (PA)

Courtney

Cramer

Crawford

Crenshaw

Cuellar

Culberson

Curbelo (FL)

Davis, Rodney

Delaney

Denham

Dent

DeSantis

DesJarlais

Diaz-Balart

Doggett

Dold

Donovan

Duffy

Duncan (SC)

Duncan (TN)

Ellmers (NC)

Emmer (MN)

Farenthold

Fincher

Fitzpatrick

Fleischmann

Fleming

Flores

Forbes

Fortenberry

Foxx

Franks (AZ)

Frelinghuysen

Gabbard

Garamendi

Garrett

Gibbs

Gibson

Gohmert

Goodlatte

Gosar

Gowdy

Graham

Granger

Graves (GA)

Graves (LA)

Graves (MO)

Green, Gene

Griffith

Grothman

Guinta

Guthrie

Hahn

Hanna

Hardy

Harper

Harris

Hartzler

Heck (NV)

Hensarling

Herrera Beutler

Hice, Jody B.

Hill

Himes

Holding

Hudson

Huelskamp

Huizenga (MI)

Hultgren

Hunter

Hurd (TX)

Hurt (VA)

Israel

Issa

Jenkins (KS)

Jenkins (WV)

Johnson (OH)

Johnson, Sam

Jolly

Jordan

Joyce

Kaptur

Katko

Keating

Kelly (MS)

Kelly (PA)

Kind

King (NY)

Kinzinger (IL)

Kline

Knight

Kuster

Labrador

LaHood

LaMalfa

Lamborn

Lance

Langevin

Latta

Lipinski

LoBiondo

Loebsack

Long

Loudermilk

Love

Lucas

Luetkemeyer

Lummis

Lynch

MacArthur

Maloney, Sean

Marchant

Marino

Massie

McCarthy

McCaul

McClintock

McHenry

McKinley

McMorris Rodgers

McSally

Meadows

Meehan

Messer

Mica

Miller (FL)

Miller (MI)

Moolenaar

Mooney (WV)

Mullin

Mulvaney

Murphy (FL)

Murphy (PA)

Neugebauer

Newhouse

Noem

Nolan

Norcross

Nugent

Nunes

Olson

Palazzo

Palmer

Paulsen

Pearce

Perry

Peters

Peterson

Pittenger

Pitts

Poe (TX)

Poliquin

Polis

Pompeo

Posey

Price, Tom

Ratcliffe

Reed

Reichert

Renacci

Ribble

Rice (NY)

Rice (SC)

Rigell

Roby

Roe (TN)

Rogers (AL)

Rogers (KY)

Rohrabacher

Rokita

Rooney (FL)

Ros-Lehtinen

Roskam

Ross

Rothfus

Rouzer

Royce

Ruiz

Russell

Ryan (OH)

Ryan (WI)

Salmon

Sanford

Scalise

Schrader

Schweikert

Scott, Austin

Scott, David

Sensenbrenner

Sessions

Sewell (AL)

Shimkus

Shuster

Simpson

Sinema

Slaughter

Smith (MO)

Smith (NE)

Smith (NJ)

Smith (TX)

Stefanik

Stewart

Stivers

Stutzman

Thompson (PA)

Thornberry

Tiberi

Tipton

Trott

Turner

Upton

Valadao

Veasey

Vela

Wagner

Walberg

Walden

Walker

Walorski

Walters, Mimi

Walz

Weber (TX)

Webster (FL)

Wenstrup

Westerman

Whitfield

Wilson (SC)

Wittman

Womack

Woodall

Yoder

Yoho

Young (AK)

Young (IA)

Young (IN)

Zeldin

Zinke

 

Voted No (137)

Adams

Bass

Beatty

Becerra

Beyer

Blumenauer

Bonamici

Boyle, Brendan F.

Brady (PA)

Brown (FL)

Butterfield

Capps

Capuano

Cárdenas

Carson (IN)

Cartwright

Castor (FL)

Castro (TX)

Chu, Judy

Cicilline

Clark (MA)

Clarke (NY)

Clay

Cleaver

Clyburn

Cohen

Conyers

Crowley

Cummings

Davis (CA)

Davis, Danny

DeGette

DeLauro

DelBene

DeSaulnier

Deutch

Dingell

Doyle, Michael F.

Duckworth

Edwards

Engel

Eshoo

Esty

Farr

Fattah

Foster

Frankel (FL)

Fudge

Gallego

Grayson

Green, Al

Grijalva

Gutiérrez

Hastings

Heck (WA)

Higgins

Honda

Hoyer

Huffman

Jackson Lee

Jeffries

Johnson (GA)

Johnson, E. B.

Jones

Kelly (IL)

Kennedy

Kildee

Kilmer

King (IA)

Kirkpatrick

Larsen (WA)

Larson (CT)

Lawrence

Lee

Levin

Lewis

Lieu, Ted

Lofgren

Lowenthal

Lowey

Lujan Grisham (NM)

Luján, Ben Ray (NM)

Maloney, Carolyn

Matsui

McCollum

McDermott

McGovern

McNerney

Meeks

Meng

Moore

Moulton

Nadler

Napolitano

Neal

O’Rourke

Pallone

Pascrell

Payne

Pelosi

Perlmutter

Pingree

Pocan

Price (NC)

Quigley

Rangel

Richmond

Roybal-Allard

Rush

Sánchez, Linda T.

Sanchez, Loretta

Sarbanes

Schakowsky

Schiff

Scott (VA)

Serrano

Sherman

Sires

Smith (WA)

Speier

Swalwell (CA)

Takano

Thompson (CA)

Thompson (MS)

Titus

Tonko

Torres

Tsongas

Van Hollen

Vargas

Velázquez

Visclosky

Wasserman Schultz

Waters, Maxine

Welch

Wilson (FL)

Yarmuth

 

Did not vote (8)

DeFazio

Ellison

Hinojosa

Ruppersberger

Takai

Watson Coleman

Westmoreland

Williams

 

This Black Woman Was Nearly Killed In Her Own Apartment

Fay Wells is a well-educated successful business woman and on September 6, 2015, she was nearly murdered by police in her own apartment.

Wells tells her story in a Washington Post column, and it’s shocking.

The basic gist is that a white neighbor called the police because he thought a hispanic person was breaking into an apartment. It was Wells, she’s not hispanic, and she was locked out of her apartment and needed the services of a locksmith. Regardless, 19 Santa Monica police officers flooding the scene, Wells’s apartment, guns drawn with dogs.

The only excuse for the overwhelming force given to Wells was that sometimes people kill cops. Really? A potentially petty property crime is underway and these heavily armed police officers are that afraid for their lives that they treat every situation like a military operation in downtown Baghdad?

Wells survived the ordeal, but had she made one wrong move – those officers had their guns aimed at her chest – she’d be dead.

And how many times does the interaction between scared white cops and people of color start just like that? Guns drawn, ready to loc ’em and smoke ’em. When will the Department of Justice step up to the plate and shut this shit down? People are dying every day because of this nonsense. End militarization of the police and shut down police departments that can not function as they should, helping and protecting the community – all of the community.

If a department is not truly committed to community policing, with cops living and working and walking the streets on their beat, shut it down. It’s over. Now. That’s what Loretta Lynch needs to do today.

Poem: Papa Tar-tar

Papa. Papa! His fat little finger points to the guitar resting on its stand. Tar-tar. I pick it up. He sits next to me with his blue plastic guitar and we play. I stop because my fingers ache, is it early stages of arthritis? He signs “more” and says tar-tar. I play more. He watches. He listens. He dances. Sometimes he even sings. I’m papa.

–gDemo

Poem: Did he? Did we?

I can’t believe he just said that immigrants are rapists. He’s running to be the president of the United States of America – a nation of immigrants. Did he really say that? Does he mean that? Were people clapping because they agree with him or because they know that his presence is another sign that the end of time, at least our time, is oh so very near?

–gDemo

Bush’s 9/11 Failure Deserves a Real Investigation

September 11, 2001 is a day I’ll never forget. And now, 14 years later, we still have no better understanding of what happened then we did then. If you’ve read the 9/11 Commission Report, it leaves many questions simply unanswered – it’s a white wash.

Today, Politico has an interesting story that includes this sentence about a closed-door meeting in which the CIA warned the White House that an attack was imminent.

“Although Tenet brought up this meeting in his closed-door testimony before the 9/11 Commission, it was never mentioned in the committee’s final report.”

I’m not a “truther,” but I want the truth. And for me, that truth includes investigating what happened in the World Trade Towers in the days and weeks before those planes struck, killing nearly 3,000 people. The fact that the 9/11 Commission never even investigated whether explosives were planted in the buildings is shocking. There were eye witnesses that said there were explosions in the basement in at least one of the towers that killed people and blew out windows in the lobby.

Maybe it was all bullshit, but the fact that the 9/11 Commission didn’t even consider that scenario a reasonable possibility is highly suspicious. They didn’t investigate it.

And now, as Politico is reporting, the CIA was aggressively and repeatedly warning the Bush administration that an attack was imminent, and that those warnings were not only ignored, but there’s been a concerted effort to make it seem like those warnings never even happened.

Someone needs to get to the bottom of all of this. A truly independent investigation needs to happen now. We lost 3,000 people on that autumn day. And we lost thousands more in the wars that followed. We gutted many of our rights to privacy. We created a massive domestic military and law enforcement agency. We need to know what really happened while those responsible are still alive to be prosecuted and thrown in jail. We need it now.

But go ahead, just laugh and call me a “truther,” but if you believe the Bush Administration’s bullshit lies, you’re simply being foolish.

Rightblogger at World Net Daily seeks to delegitimize Mizzou protesters

This is getting beyond cliche. The World Net Daily, a rabid anti-progressive dumping ground for the ignorant class is doing its best to delegitimize the Mizzou protesters by, you guessed it, calling them liars.

Douglas Ernst, a former employee of Sun Myung Moon’s Washington Times, wrote that Mizzou student protesters Payton Head and Jonathan Butler are full of shit.

Here’s his evidence.

Head hastily posted to social media on Wednesday that there were KKK members on campus and that they were looking for black people to harm. It’s not clear where Head got that information, but it was proven to be inaccurate and he later apologized for the error.

On Facebook, Head wrote, “I’m sorry about the misinformation that I have shared through social media. In a state of alarm, I was concerned for all students of the University of Missouri and wanted to ensure that everyone was safe. I received and shared information from multiple incorrect sources, which I deeply regret.”

How is Butler a liar?

According to Ernst, it’s because his father is an executive at Union Pacific Railroad, and reportedly earns more than $8 million a year. What does that information, while mildly interesting data to include on a Wikipedia page, have anything to do with the University of Missouri’s race problems?

And now for the big lie that tears at the very essence of what the Mizzou students, athletes and faculty are protesting about, which is poop — particularly the so-called feces swastika.

“Perhaps the most egregious claim by students at the University of Missouri,” according to Ernst, “involves a story of a swastika made out of human waste.”

I’ll admit it, if this shit smearing did happen, there would probably be a few photos of it floating around on Twitter, but I’ve not seen one. So there’s a reasonable chance that the poop swastika never happened.

But is this what we’re supposed to believe is the reason for Butler’s hunger strike, which began before the poop story dropped? Because this campus rumor exploded onto the national press, it invalidates — or delegitimizes — all of the grievances that these students and faculty are petitioning the administration for redress?

It’s a textbook tactic that the best way to destroy your opponent isn’t to challenge their specific arguments, but rather, just paint them as liars. The right does the same thing to Hillary Clinton. They do the same thing to President Obama. She’s sneaky. He’s not even an American. And now at Mizzou, or the greater Black Lives Matter movement, they’re liars. They can’t be trusted. What they’re saying is invalid and not even worth responding to.

And this strategy works well for the right because the conservative media echo chamber runs with it every time. Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and all of the fringe publications like World Net Daily blast away at their enemy until there is nothing left but a pack of liars whose grievances are invalid. Game. Set. Match.

Unfortunately, the mainstream news media follow along and provide the necessary credibility to the right’s attacks, and once that happens, it’s over. The status quo remains intact.

Rightbloggers, and even Dave Weigel, work to delegitimize black student protestors

I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning and saw the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel joining in on the delegitimize-black-student protesters tip.

Weigel had retweeted a story by Breitbart News with the headline “The Missouri Poop Swastika is the Moment Social Justice Jumped the Shark.” The rightblogger, Milo Yiannopoulos claims that all of the issues Mizzou students are raising are all lies.

“It seems more likely that the swastika is a hoax, just as — whisper it — so many other high-profile black victims on American campuses celebrated endlessly by progressive journalists turn out to be mendacious frauds,” Yiannopoulos wrote.

It’s the age-old tactic of the regressive — delegitimize your opponent. Simply claim that there’s no racial prejudice in Missouri, or anywhere for that matter, it’s all lies from the pit of hell.

Let’s think that through.

What would be the point of making up a bunch of stories, protesting and going on a hunger strike? Because the students really hated the president that much that they would go to these lengths in order to oust him? That seems unlikely. So what is their motive then? Yiannopoulos doesn’t say.

But you can see where Yiannopoulos is coming from in his use of the word “retard” in the story. He’s a “libertarian.” I assume that’s why Weigel, former Reason writer thinks Yiannopoulos is cool. But is that what it takes to be a libertarian today? Just be an asshole?

I agree that there’s more to the Mizzou story than poop smeared on a wall, but this story by Yiannopoulos does nothing to increase our understanding of what’s been happening on the campus for the last two years. Or why these folks are so upset. Investigating that would take work, it’s much easier for to just call the students and protesters liars and move on, right?

I don’t expect more from Breitbart News, but for a supposedly serious Washington Post reporter like Dave Weigel to give this sort of pathetic attempt to delegitimize the plight of these students is very sad indeed.

Joe Scarborough has no idea why Mizzou students are so mad

In a panel discussion that included a grand total of eight talking heads on “Morning Joe” today, host Joe Scarborough is flummoxed to understand why the University of Missouri students are so upset.

It couldn’t be the lack of a sufficient response to a black student being called a “nigger,” or a swastika smeared on a campus wall in human feces, or the college president himself aggressively driving his car through a group of Black Lives Matter protesters. Clearly the students felt that the university administration was failing to create culture on campus that espoused inclusiveness rather than divisiveness. Their complaints were not being heard.

But Scarborough couldn’t see it.

“What are the specifics? I’ve been reading since this photograph was taken, looking for specifics of systemic actions that have made students feel excluded,” Scarborough said to Pulitzer Prize winner journalist Eugene Robinson, who sadly, agreed with Scarborough.

It’s a play from the same old playbook. The slightest slight directed at white Christians, like Starbucks holiday cups that don’t have reindeer on them is valid and an atrocity, but outright unaddressed racism directed at black people, there needs to be much, much more proof that someone has been wronged.