Congratulations to U.S. Congressman, Walter B. Jones, Jr., representing the 3rd congressional district in the State of North Carolina. Representative Jones is the ONLY Republican in the United States House of Representatives that had the guts to vote ‘Nay’ on H. Res. 676 “Providing for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States and H.R. 935, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013; and for other purposes”.
The final vote was 227-196 with 227 Republicans voting Yeah, 195 Democrats voting Nay, and one brave Republican, Congressman Jones, voting Nay. Nine members of congress did not vote as follows:
Names in italics represent Democratic members while those that are not in italics are Republicans, Independent congressional member names are underlined, if any.
SHAME on Speaker of the House John Boehner, (R-OH) for allowing this ridiculous vote to take up valuable space on the calendar that could have been used for the U.S. House to actually pass something that would benefit the people of the United States of America.
You will note there is probably a difference between my count and the count that is being reported by news media. The reason is simple; there were actually two votes taken on H. Res. 676, one at 4:23 p.m. and one at 4:33 p.m. The data listed above is from the very last, and final, vote.
Following is an excerpt from the Jones press release issued after his vote:
“This lawsuit is merely an act of political theater that is highly unlikely to result in any real consequences for an executive branch that continues to display a blatant disregard for the rule of law,” said Congressman Jones.
Thank goodness at least one Republican member of the U.S. House understands that a lawsuit is simply a waste of taxpayer money.
© 2014 Patricia L Johnson