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Here Are The Names Of 22 GOP House Reps Who Say They Will Vote Yes If A Clean Bill Is Introduced

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM
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Republican House Speaker John Boehner only needs 17 votes from Republicans to pass a clean spending bill, (continuing resolution) with no strings attached. Contrary to his own public statements, in which he’s claimed to not have enough votes to pass such a bill, at least 22 Republicans have gone on the record in support of a clean bill. That is 5 more than the number of votes needed to pass it, bringing an end to the government shut down.

Despite what House Speaker John Boehner says, these 22 Republicans would vote for a clean spending bill

Here’s the list, updated from a similar list published by Huffinington Post, on October 6th. You can click on the name of any representative to see what he said and when he said it. (There are no women on the list. Surprise!)

  1. Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa)
  2. Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.)
  3. Rep. Peter King (R- N.Y.)
  4. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa)
  5. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.)
  6. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.)
  7. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.)
  8. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)
  9. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)
  10. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)
  11. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.)
  12. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Ca)
  13. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.)
  14. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.)
  15. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.)
  16. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.)
  17. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.)
  18. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.)
  19. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.)
  20. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.)
  21. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)
  22. Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.)

By my count, that makes 22 house Republicans who have publicly stated that they would vote for a clean CR, which would end the government shut down. Now admittedly these people are all Republicans. That alone makes it at least somewhat likely that a few on this list are saying one thing, while intending to do just the opposite. On the other hand, when you’ve publicly promised to vote a certain way, voters will hold you accountable. Especially under the current circumstances.

Either way someone’s lying. It could be one or more of the above lawmakers, most of whom say that they would vote for a clean spending bill, if only Boehner would give them a chance (likely). On the other hand, it could be House Speaker John Boehner, who says he doesn’t have enough votes to pass a clean resolution (also likely). It has to be at least one or the other. Unfortunately, it could be both.

As the shut down lingers on, moving now into its second week, the damage that it is doing to the economy continues to add up. We don’t have enough money to feed the poor, but we can afford to lose $300 million a day, just so Congress can prove to the Tea Party nut jobs that they’re ‘doing something to stop Obamacare.’ (They’re actually doing nothing to stop Obamacare.) If these lawmakers really support a clean resolution then they need to be putting the pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to bring one to the floor, before another day passes and another $300 million is piddled away.

by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM
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by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

I am  happy that 4 of these guys come from PA!

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