Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bush v. Gore judge: Your evidence, Mr. Obama?

Schedules hearing on what precedent White House has on 'natural born citizen'

y Bob Unruh / WND

A hearing has been scheduled in a Florida court to allow attorneys representing the White House to support their claim that the term “natural born citizen” in the U.S. Constitution means something other than the offspring of two American citizens.

Judge Terry Lewis in Leon County has set a hearing for June 18 to consider arguments from both sides of a challenge to Obama’s name on the 2012 state election ballot.

Lewis is credited with making crucial rulings in the contested 2000 presidential election, when ultimately a Florida vote recount was halted by the U.S. Supreme Court and George W. Bush was declared the winner.

Attorney Larry Klayman’s law firm filed the challenge to Obama’s name on the ballot on behalf of Democrat Michael Voeltz, “a registered member of the Democrat Party, voter, and taxpayer in Broward County, who was an eligible elector for the Florida Primary of Jan. 31, 2012.”

Klayman told WND that during a hearing today on discovery issues in the case, Lewis noted that while Klayman’s brief cited a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision defining “natural born citizen” as the offspring of two citizens of the nation, the White House’s arguments provided no citations.

Klayman had cited the U.S. Supreme Court case Minor v. Happersett from 1875.

Lewis ordered further briefing on the issue before the hearing.

The definition of the term is critical. Such a step has not been reached in any of the more than 100 legal cases that have been brought over Obama’s eligibility since before his election in 2008.

The U.S. Constitution imposes a special citizenship status requirement on occupants of the Oval Office. The “natural born citizen” requirement is not imposed on other federal officials. From the writings of the Founders, its apparent aim was to ensure that no person who had divided loyalties – to the United States and to any other nation – would serve as commander in chief.

The Minor v. Happersett ruling defines “natural born citizen” as the offspring of two U.S. citizens.

But since the term is not defined in the Constitution, there are many who equate being a “citizen” or a “native-born citizen” with being a “natural born citizen.”

It appears that a court ruling on the definition could been coming, Klayman said.

Klayman has argued that since Obama was not born to two citizen parents, he is is not a “natural born citizen” as required by Article II of the Constitution and, therefore, is ineligible to be a candidate on the state’s election ballot.

Klayman explained in his court filings that Florida’s election statutes provide broad protections for voters to ensure that the integrity of the election system is beyond reproach. One of the laws allows voters to challenge the nomination of a candidate who is not eligible for the office he is seeking.

Voeltz, a registered Democrat, challenged Obama’s eligibility because the president’s father was not an American citizen.

“The framers were not stupid. They understood that a president with divided loyalties could present a security and other risks for our nation,” said Klayman.

“Obama’s Muslim heritage, which emanates from his Kenyan father (who had to be deported from the U.S.), frankly explains why he frequently sides with and takes actions to further the interests of Muslim nations against the United States; specifically his refusal to take forceful action against the Islamic Republic of Iran and its leaders over nuclear armament and human rights violations and atrocities,” Klayman said.

Klayman told WND that the case is in the discovery stage in which attorneys are supposed to be able to request documents, evidence and testimony that would further refine and define the issues in dispute for the court.

“Obama’s briefs [said] it would be an undue burden and expense to have discovery,” Klayman said.

Then the judge said he wanted Obama’s representatives to cite the “authority” on which they based their argument that it isn’t necessary to have two citizen parents to be a natural-born citizen.

On the Steady Drip blog, where contributors document progress in the Florida case, was the “bare essence” of the argument:

1. The sitting president’s birth certificate is fraudulent. 2. The sitting president is not a natural born citizen, and is therefore ineligible for the presidency, because his father was not a U.S. citizen.

The commentary said the obvious conclusion is that Obama is not able to be elected as president.

WND earlier reported on the case, which raises some of the same issues that have been raised in other state ballot challenges across the nation.

Specifically it alleges:

On or about April 2011, only after years into his presidency, and under media and political pressure, Barack Hussein Obama published on the Internet an electronic version of a purported birth certificate alleging his birth in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961, to American citizen mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and Kenyan British subject father, Barack Obama Senior.”

There is credible evidence indicating that this electronically produced birth certificate is entirely fraudulent or otherwise altered. No physical, paper copy of the actual long form birth certificate has been produced in order to definitively establish Barack Hussein Obama’s birth within the United States.”

The action follows by only weeks the release of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s investigation into Obama’s antecedents. The six-month-long investigation done by professional law enforcement officers working on a volunteer basis for Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse found that there is probable cause to believe there was forgery involved in the production of Obama’s birth certificate, and fraud in presenting that document as a genuine document.

The case explains that even if Barack Hussein Obama was born within the United States, he is still not a ‘natural-born citizen’ as required by the U.S. Constitution. That’s because, “Barack Obama Sr. was born in the British Colony of Kenya on June 18, 1936. Birth in Kenya made Barack Obama Sr. a British subject, according to and governed by the British Nationality Act of 1948.”

Obama’s attorneys previously had been unsuccessful in dismissing the case.

“In Florida the voter has more rights to contest elections than in most other states,” Klayman told WND.

“And we have a judge who is not afraid to make hard decisions; Judge Terry Lewis. In the Gore v. Bush case he ruled on occasion in favor of Bush even though he generally leans left. I am hopeful he will do the right thing and rule that the Florida Secretary of State must verify Obama’s eligibility to be on the ballot for the Florida presidential election.”

A case filing explains: “No physical, paper copy of defendant Obama’s birth certificate has been presented to establish his eligibility. … Defendant Obama has electronically produced a copy of what he purports to be his ‘birth certificate.’ Nevertheless, there is evidence to suggest that the electronically produced birth certificate is entirely fraudulent or otherwise altered.”

The argument also cites Barack Obama Sr.’s birth in Kenya, making him a “British subject.”

“The British Nationality Act of 1948, Part 2, Section 5, Clause 1, makes Defendant Obama, the son of a British subject, also a British subject at birth. At best, defendant Obama was born a dual citizen of Britain and the United States. These facts make clear that defendant Obama was not a ‘natural born citizen’ as required by the U.S. Constitution.”

The fact that state officials have sworn an oath to “support, protect, and defend” the Florida and U.S constitutions means the issue needs an answer, the brief argues, and state officials are “duty bound to uphold the eligibility requirements.”

Named as defendants are Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and the state Elections Canvassing Commission.

It was only days earlier when former New York Gov. David Paterson suggested on his radio show that Obama possibly “got away with” being an ineligible president in the Oval Office.

H.R. 3541: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012 (On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended)

Here's the roll call (by state) on who voted yea and nay on the 'Anti-Selective Sex Abortion' bill.  Vote OUT any who voted nay!!!

House Vote #299 [primary source:]
May 31, 2012 (112th Congress)
Related Bill:
H.R. 3541: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012
Introduced by Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ2] on December 1, 2011
Current Status: Reported by Committee
This vote was taken under a procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 246
226 20
  Nay 168
7 161
Not Voting 17
8 9
Required: 2/3

Vote Details

Not Voting
Vote Party Representative District
Yea   R   Young, Donald “Don” AK
Yea   R   Bonner, Jo AL 1st
No Vote   R   Roby, Martha AL 2nd
Yea   R   Rogers, Michael “Mike” AL 3rd
Yea   R   Aderholt, Robert AL 4th
Yea   R   Brooks, Mo AL 5th
Yea   R   Bachus, Spencer AL 6th
Nay   D   Sewell, Terri AL 7th
Yea   R   Crawford, Rick AR 1st
Yea   R   Griffin, Tim AR 2nd
Yea   R   Womack, Steve AR 3rd
Yea   D   Ross, Mike AR 4th
Yea   R   Gosar, Paul AZ 1st
Yea   R   Franks, Trent AZ 2nd
Yea   R   Quayle, Ben AZ 3rd
Nay   D   Pastor, Edward “Ed” AZ 4th
Yea   R   Schweikert, David AZ 5th
Yea   R   Flake, Jeff AZ 6th
Nay   D   Grijalva, Raul AZ 7th
Nay   D   Thompson, Michael “Mike” CA 1st
Yea   R   Herger, Walter “Wally” CA 2nd
Yea   R   Lungren, Daniel CA 3rd
Yea   R   McClintock, Tom CA 4th
Nay   D   Matsui, Doris CA 5th
Nay   D   Woolsey, Lynn CA 6th
Nay   D   Miller, George CA 7th
Nay   D   Pelosi, Nancy CA 8th
Nay   D   Lee, Barbara CA 9th
Yea   D   Garamendi, John CA 10th
Nay   D   McNerney, Jerry CA 11th
Nay   D   Speier, Jackie CA 12th
Nay   D   Stark, Fortney “Pete” CA 13th
Nay   D   Eshoo, Anna CA 14th
Nay   D   Honda, Michael “Mike” CA 15th
Nay   D   Lofgren, Zoe CA 16th
Nay   D   Farr, Sam CA 17th
Nay   D   Cardoza, Dennis CA 18th
Yea   R   Denham, Jeff CA 19th
Nay   D   Costa, Jim CA 20th
Yea   R   Nunes, Devin CA 21st
No Vote   R   McCarthy, Kevin CA 22nd
Nay   D   Capps, Lois CA 23rd
Yea   R   Gallegly, Elton CA 24th
Yea   R   McKeon, Howard “Buck” CA 25th
Yea   R   Dreier, David CA 26th
Nay   D   Sherman, Brad CA 27th
Nay   D   Berman, Howard CA 28th
Nay   D   Schiff, Adam CA 29th
Nay   D   Waxman, Henry CA 30th
Nay   D   Becerra, Xavier CA 31st
Nay   D   Chu, Judy CA 32nd
Nay   D   Bass, Karen CA 33rd
Nay   D   Roybal-Allard, Lucille CA 34th
Nay   D   Waters, Maxine CA 35th
Nay   D   Hahn, Janice CA 36th
Nay   D   Richardson, Laura CA 37th
No Vote   D   Napolitano, Grace CA 38th
Nay   D   Sánchez, Linda CA 39th
Yea   R   Royce, Edward “Ed” CA 40th
No Vote   R   Lewis, Jerry CA 41st
Yea   R   Miller, Gary CA 42nd
Nay   D   Baca, Joe CA 43rd
Yea   R   Calvert, Ken CA 44th
Nay   R   Bono Mack, Mary CA 45th
Yea   R   Rohrabacher, Dana CA 46th
Nay   D   Sanchez, Loretta CA 47th
Yea   R   Campbell, John CA 48th
Yea   R   Issa, Darrell CA 49th
Yea   R   Bilbray, Brian CA 50th
Nay   D   Filner, Bob CA 51st
Yea   R   Hunter, Duncan CA 52nd
Nay   D   Davis, Susan CA 53rd
Nay   D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Nay   D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yea   R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yea   R   Gardner, Cory CO 4th
Yea   R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yea   R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Nay   D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th
Nay   D   Larson, John CT 1st
Nay   D   Courtney, Joe CT 2nd
Nay   D   DeLauro, Rosa CT 3rd
Nay   D   Himes, James CT 4th
Nay   D   Murphy, Christopher CT 5th
Nay   D   Carney, John DE
Yea   R   Miller, Jeff FL 1st
Yea   R   Southerland, Steve FL 2nd
Nay   D   Brown, Corrine FL 3rd
Yea   R   Crenshaw, Ander FL 4th
Yea   R   Nugent, Richard FL 5th
Yea   R   Stearns, Clifford “Cliff” FL 6th
Yea   R   Mica, John FL 7th
Yea   R   Webster, Daniel FL 8th
Yea   R   Bilirakis, Gus FL 9th
No Vote   R   Young, Bill FL 10th
Nay   D   Castor, Kathy FL 11th
Yea   R   Ross, Dennis FL 12th
Yea   R   Buchanan, Vern FL 13th
No Vote   R   Mack, Connie FL 14th
Yea   R   Posey, Bill FL 15th
Yea   R   Rooney, Thomas FL 16th
Nay   D   Wilson, Frederica FL 17th
Yea   R   Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana FL 18th
Nay   D   Deutch, Ted FL 19th
Nay   D   Wasserman Schultz, Debbie FL 20th
Yea   R   Diaz-Balart, Mario FL 21st
Yea   R   West, Allen FL 22nd
Nay   D   Hastings, Alcee FL 23rd
Yea   R   Adams, Sandy FL 24th
Yea   R   Rivera, David FL 25th
Yea   R   Kingston, Jack GA 1st
Nay   D   Bishop, Sanford GA 2nd
Yea   R   Westmoreland, Lynn GA 3rd
Nay   D   Johnson, Henry “Hank” GA 4th
Nay   D   Lewis, John GA 5th
Yea   R   Price, Tom GA 6th
Yea   R   Woodall, Rob GA 7th
Yea   R   Scott, Austin GA 8th
Yea   R   Graves, Tom GA 9th
Yea   R   Broun, Paul GA 10th
Yea   R   Gingrey, John “Phil” GA 11th
Yea   D   Barrow, John GA 12th
Nay   D   Scott, David GA 13th
Nay   D   Hanabusa, Colleen HI 1st
Nay   D   Hirono, Mazie HI 2nd
Nay   D   Braley, Bruce IA 1st
Nay   D   Loebsack, David IA 2nd
Nay   D   Boswell, Leonard IA 3rd
Yea   R   Latham, Thomas “Tom” IA 4th
Yea   R   King, Steve IA 5th
Yea   R   Labrador, Raúl ID 1st
Yea   R   Simpson, Michael “Mike” ID 2nd
Nay   D   Rush, Bobby IL 1st
Nay   D   Jackson, Jesse IL 2nd
Yea   D   Lipinski, Daniel IL 3rd
Nay   D   Gutiérrez, Luis IL 4th
Nay   D   Quigley, Mike IL 5th
Yea   R   Roskam, Peter IL 6th
Nay   D   Davis, Danny IL 7th
Yea   R   Walsh, Joe IL 8th
Nay   D   Schakowsky, Janice “Jan” IL 9th
Nay   R   Dold, Bob IL 10th
Yea   R   Kinzinger, Adam IL 11th
Yea   D   Costello, Jerry IL 12th
Yea   R   Biggert, Judy IL 13th
Yea   R   Hultgren, Randy IL 14th
Yea   R   Johnson, Timothy IL 15th
Vote Party Representative District
Yea   R   Manzullo, Donald IL 16th
Yea   R   Schilling, Robert “Bobby” IL 17th
Yea   R   Schock, Aaron IL 18th
Yea   R   Shimkus, John IL 19th
Nay   D   Visclosky, Peter IN 1st
Yea   D   Donnelly, Joe IN 2nd
Yea   R   Stutzman, Marlin IN 3rd
Yea   R   Rokita, Todd IN 4th
No Vote   R   Burton, Dan IN 5th
Yea   R   Pence, Mike IN 6th
Nay   D   Carson, André IN 7th
Yea   R   Bucshon, Larry IN 8th
Yea   R   Young, Todd IN 9th
Yea   R   Huelskamp, Tim KS 1st
Yea   R   Jenkins, Lynn KS 2nd
Yea   R   Yoder, Kevin KS 3rd
Yea   R   Pompeo, Mike KS 4th
Yea   R   Whitfield, Edward “Ed” KY 1st
Yea   R   Guthrie, Brett KY 2nd
Nay   D   Yarmuth, John KY 3rd
Yea   R   Davis, Geoff KY 4th
Yea   R   Rogers, Harold “Hal” KY 5th
No Vote   D   Chandler, Ben KY 6th
Yea   R   Scalise, Steve LA 1st
Nay   D   Richmond, Cedric LA 2nd
Yea   R   Landry, Jeff LA 3rd
Yea   R   Fleming, John LA 4th
Yea   R   Alexander, Rodney LA 5th
Yea   R   Cassidy, Bill LA 6th
Yea   R   Boustany, Charles LA 7th
Nay   D   Olver, John MA 1st
Nay   D   Neal, Richard MA 2nd
Nay   D   McGovern, James “Jim” MA 3rd
Nay   D   Frank, Barney MA 4th
Nay   D   Tsongas, Niki MA 5th
Nay   D   Tierney, John MA 6th
Nay   D   Markey, Edward “Ed” MA 7th
Nay   D   Capuano, Michael MA 8th
Yea   D   Lynch, Stephen MA 9th
Nay   D   Keating, William MA 10th
Yea   R   Harris, Andy MD 1st
Nay   D   Ruppersberger, Dutch MD 2nd
Nay   D   Sarbanes, John MD 3rd
Nay   D   Edwards, Donna MD 4th
Nay   D   Hoyer, Steny MD 5th
Yea   R   Bartlett, Roscoe MD 6th
Nay   D   Cummings, Elijah MD 7th
Nay   D   Van Hollen, Christopher “Chris” MD 8th
Nay   D   Pingree, Chellie ME 1st
Nay   D   Michaud, Michael ME 2nd
Yea   R   Benishek, Dan MI 1st
Yea   R   Huizenga, Bill MI 2nd
Nay   R   Amash, Justin MI 3rd
Yea   R   Camp, David “Dave” MI 4th
Nay   D   Kildee, Dale MI 5th
Yea   R   Upton, Frederick “Fred” MI 6th
Yea   R   Walberg, Timothy MI 7th
Yea   R   Rogers, Michael “Mike” MI 8th
Nay   D   Peters, Gary MI 9th
Yea   R   Miller, Candice MI 10th
Yea   R   McCotter, Thaddeus “Thad” MI 11th
Nay   D   Levin, Sander MI 12th
Nay   D   Clarke, Hansen MI 13th
Nay   D   Conyers, John MI 14th
Nay   D   Dingell, John MI 15th
Nay   D   Walz, Timothy MN 1st
Yea   R   Kline, John MN 2nd
Yea   R   Paulsen, Erik MN 3rd
Nay   D   McCollum, Betty MN 4th
No Vote   D   Ellison, Keith MN 5th
Yea   R   Bachmann, Michele MN 6th
Yea   D   Peterson, Collin MN 7th
Yea   R   Cravaack, Chip MN 8th
Nay   D   Clay, William MO 1st
Yea   R   Akin, Todd MO 2nd
Nay   D   Carnahan, Russ MO 3rd
Yea   R   Hartzler, Vicky MO 4th
Nay   D   Cleaver, Emanuel MO 5th
Yea   R   Graves, Samuel “Sam” MO 6th
Yea   R   Long, Billy MO 7th
Yea   R   Emerson, Jo Ann MO 8th
Yea   R   Luetkemeyer, Blaine MO 9th
Yea   R   Nunnelee, Alan MS 1st
Nay   D   Thompson, Bennie MS 2nd
Yea   R   Harper, Gregg MS 3rd
Yea   R   Palazzo, Steven MS 4th
Yea   R   Rehberg, Dennis “Denny” MT
North Carolina
Nay   D   Butterfield, George “G.K.” NC 1st
Yea   R   Ellmers, Renee NC 2nd
Yea   R   Jones, Walter NC 3rd
Nay   D   Price, David NC 4th
Yea   R   Foxx, Virginia NC 5th
Yea   R   Coble, Howard NC 6th
Yea   D   McIntyre, Mike NC 7th
Yea   D   Kissell, Larry NC 8th
Yea   R   Myrick, Sue NC 9th
Yea   R   McHenry, Patrick NC 10th
Yea   D   Shuler, Heath NC 11th
Nay   D   Watt, Melvin “Mel” NC 12th
Nay   D   Miller, Bradley “Brad” NC 13th
North Dakota
Yea   R   Berg, Rick ND
No Vote   R   Fortenberry, Jeffrey NE 1st
Yea   R   Terry, Lee NE 2nd
Yea   R   Smith, Adrian NE 3rd
New Hampshire
No Vote   R   Guinta, Frank NH 1st
Nay   R   Bass, Charles “Charlie” NH 2nd
New Jersey
Nay   D   Andrews, Robert “Rob” NJ 1st
Yea   R   LoBiondo, Frank NJ 2nd
Yea   R   Runyan, Jon NJ 3rd
Yea   R   Smith, Christopher “Chris” NJ 4th
Yea   R   Garrett, Scott NJ 5th
Nay   D   Pallone, Frank NJ 6th
Yea   R   Lance, Leonard NJ 7th
No Vote   D   Pascrell, William “Bill” NJ 8th
Nay   D   Rothman, Steven NJ 9th
Yea   R   Frelinghuysen, Rodney NJ 11th
Nay   D   Holt, Rush NJ 12th
Nay   D   Sires, Albio NJ 13th
New Mexico
No Vote   D   Heinrich, Martin NM 1st
Yea   R   Pearce, Steven “Steve” NM 2nd
Nay   D   Luján, Ben NM 3rd
Nay   D   Berkley, Shelley NV 1st
Yea   R   Amodei, Mark NV 2nd
Yea   R   Heck, Joe NV 3rd
New York
Nay   D   Bishop, Timothy NY 1st
Nay   D   Israel, Steve NY 2nd
Yea   R   King, Peter “Pete” NY 3rd
Nay   D   McCarthy, Carolyn NY 4th
Nay   D   Ackerman, Gary NY 5th
Nay   D   Meeks, Gregory NY 6th
Nay   D   Crowley, Joseph NY 7th
Nay   D   Nadler, Jerrold NY 8th
Yea   R   Turner, Robert NY 9th
Nay   D   Towns, Edolphus “Ed” NY 10th
Nay   D   Clarke, Yvette NY 11th
No Vote   D   Velázquez, Nydia NY 12th
Yea   R   Grimm, Michael NY 13th
Nay   D   Maloney, Carolyn NY 14th
No Vote   D   Rangel, Charles NY 15th
Nay   D   Serrano, José NY 16th
Nay   D   Engel, Eliot NY 17th
Vote Party Representative District
Nay   D   Lowey, Nita NY 18th
Nay   R   Hayworth, Nan NY 19th
Yea   R   Gibson, Chris NY 20th
Nay   D   Tonko, Paul NY 21st
Nay   D   Hinchey, Maurice NY 22nd
Nay   D   Owens, William NY 23rd
Nay   R   Hanna, Richard NY 24th
Yea   R   Buerkle, Ann Marie NY 25th
Nay   D   Hochul, Kathleen NY 26th
Nay   D   Higgins, Brian NY 27th
No Vote   D   Slaughter, Louise NY 28th
Yea   R   Reed, Tom NY 29th
Yea   R   Chabot, Steven “Steve” OH 1st
Yea   R   Schmidt, Jean OH 2nd
Yea   R   Turner, Michael OH 3rd
Yea   R   Jordan, Jim OH 4th
Yea   R   Latta, Robert OH 5th
Yea   R   Johnson, Bill OH 6th
Yea   R   Austria, Steve OH 7th
Nay   D   Kaptur, Marcy OH 9th
Nay   D   Kucinich, Dennis OH 10th
Nay   D   Fudge, Marcia OH 11th
Yea   R   Tiberi, Patrick “Pat” OH 12th
Nay   D   Sutton, Betty OH 13th
Yea   R   LaTourette, Steven OH 14th
Yea   R   Stivers, Steve OH 15th
Yea   R   Renacci, Jim OH 16th
Nay   D   Ryan, Timothy OH 17th
Yea   R   Gibbs, Bob OH 18th
Yea   R   Sullivan, John OK 1st
Yea   D   Boren, Dan OK 2nd
Yea   R   Lucas, Frank OK 3rd
Yea   R   Cole, Tom OK 4th
Yea   R   Lankford, James OK 5th
Nay   D   Bonamici, Suzanne OR 1st
Yea   R   Walden, Greg OR 2nd
Nay   D   Blumenauer, Earl OR 3rd
Nay   D   DeFazio, Peter OR 4th
Nay   D   Schrader, Kurt OR 5th
Nay   D   Brady, Robert PA 1st
Nay   D   Fattah, Chaka PA 2nd
Yea   R   Kelly, Mike PA 3rd
Yea   D   Altmire, Jason PA 4th
Yea   R   Thompson, Glenn PA 5th
Yea   R   Gerlach, Jim PA 6th
Yea   R   Meehan, Patrick PA 7th
Yea   R   Fitzpatrick, Michael PA 8th
Yea   R   Shuster, William “Bill” PA 9th
Yea   R   Marino, Thomas PA 10th
Yea   R   Barletta, Lou PA 11th
Yea   D   Critz, Mark PA 12th
Nay   D   Schwartz, Allyson PA 13th
No Vote   D   Doyle, Michael “Mike” PA 14th
Yea   R   Dent, Charles PA 15th
Yea   R   Pitts, Joseph PA 16th
Yea   D   Holden, Tim PA 17th
Yea   R   Murphy, Tim PA 18th
Yea   R   Platts, Todd PA 19th
Rhode Island
Nay   D   Cicilline, David RI 1st
Nay   D   Langevin, James “Jim” RI 2nd
South Carolina
Yea   R   Scott, Tim SC 1st
Yea   R   Wilson, Addison “Joe” SC 2nd
Yea   R   Duncan, Jeff SC 3rd
Yea   R   Gowdy, Trey SC 4th
Yea   R   Mulvaney, Mick SC 5th
Nay   D   Clyburn, James “Jim” SC 6th
South Dakota
Yea   R   Noem, Kristi SD
Yea   R   Roe, Phil TN 1st
Yea   R   Duncan, John “Jimmy” TN 2nd
Yea   R   Fleischmann, Chuck TN 3rd
Yea   R   DesJarlais, Scott TN 4th
Yea   D   Cooper, Jim TN 5th
Yea   R   Black, Diane TN 6th
Yea   R   Blackburn, Marsha TN 7th
Yea   R   Fincher, Stephen TN 8th
Nay   D   Cohen, Steve TN 9th
Yea   R   Gohmert, Louis TX 1st
Yea   R   Poe, Ted TX 2nd
Yea   R   Johnson, Samuel “Sam” TX 3rd
Yea   R   Hall, Ralph TX 4th
Yea   R   Hensarling, Jeb TX 5th
Yea   R   Barton, Joe TX 6th
Yea   R   Culberson, John TX 7th
Yea   R   Brady, Kevin TX 8th
Nay   D   Green, Al TX 9th
Yea   R   McCaul, Michael TX 10th
Yea   R   Conaway, Michael TX 11th
Yea   R   Granger, Kay TX 12th
Yea   R   Thornberry, William “Mac” TX 13th
Nay   R   Paul, Ronald “Ron” TX 14th
Nay   D   Hinojosa, Rubén TX 15th
Yea   D   Reyes, Silvestre TX 16th
Yea   R   Flores, Bill TX 17th
Nay   D   Jackson-Lee, Sheila TX 18th
Yea   R   Neugebauer, Randy TX 19th
Nay   D   Gonzalez, Charles “Charlie” TX 20th
Yea   R   Smith, Lamar TX 21st
Yea   R   Olson, Pete TX 22nd
Yea   R   Canseco, Francisco “Quico” TX 23rd
Yea   R   Marchant, Kenny TX 24th
Nay   D   Doggett, Lloyd TX 25th
Yea   R   Burgess, Michael TX 26th
Yea   R   Farenthold, Blake TX 27th
Yea   D   Cuellar, Henry TX 28th
Nay   D   Green, Raymond “Gene” TX 29th
Nay   D   Johnson, Eddie TX 30th
Yea   R   Carter, John TX 31st
Yea   R   Sessions, Peter “Pete” TX 32nd
Yea   R   Bishop, Rob UT 1st
Yea   D   Matheson, Jim UT 2nd
Yea   R   Chaffetz, Jason UT 3rd
Yea   R   Wittman, Rob VA 1st
Yea   R   Rigell, Scott VA 2nd
Nay   D   Scott, Robert “Bobby” VA 3rd
Yea   R   Forbes, Randy VA 4th
Yea   R   Hurt, Robert VA 5th
Yea   R   Goodlatte, Robert “Bob” VA 6th
Yea   R   Cantor, Eric VA 7th
Nay   D   Moran, James “Jim” VA 8th
Yea   R   Griffith, Morgan VA 9th
Yea   R   Wolf, Frank VA 10th
Nay   D   Connolly, Gerald VA 11th
Nay   D   Welch, Peter VT
Nay   D   Larsen, Rick WA 2nd
Yea   R   Herrera Beutler, Jaime WA 3rd
Yea   R   Hastings, Doc WA 4th
Yea   R   McMorris Rodgers, Cathy WA 5th
Nay   D   Dicks, Norman “Norm” WA 6th
Nay   D   McDermott, James “Jim” WA 7th
Yea   R   Reichert, Dave WA 8th
Nay   D   Smith, Adam WA 9th
Yea   R   Ryan, Paul WI 1st
Nay   D   Baldwin, Tammy WI 2nd
Nay   D   Kind, Ronald “Ron” WI 3rd
Nay   D   Moore, Gwen WI 4th
Yea   R   Sensenbrenner, James WI 5th
Yea   R   Petri, Thomas “Tom” WI 6th
Yea   R   Duffy, Sean WI 7th
Yea   R   Ribble, Reid WI 8th
West Virginia
Yea   R   McKinley, David WV 1st
Yea   R   Capito, Shelley WV 2nd
Yea   D   Rahall, Nick WV 3rd
Yea   R   Lummis, Cynthia WY


Where is the Speaker’s vote?

According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, except when such vote would be decisive.” In practice, this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes and only does so when it is politically useful. When the Speaker declines to vote, he or she is simply omitted from the roll call by the House Clerk.

What’s the difference between aye and yea?

There is no meaningful difference between aye and yea (and nay and no), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure. The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)