>And then there was the Conference Report vote: GOP drops national security ball

>”Return with us now to those wonderful days of yesteryear” when the Republican Party was associating itself with “national security” as a source of its strength…except when it wasn’t. On October 15, 2009 members of the GOP House caucus had an opportunity to vote on the conference report on H.R. 2892, the funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. Did the entire caucus vote in favor of additional monies for explosives’ screening devices? Not. So. Much.

The conference committee report passed 307-114. As you scroll down the voting list note that only six of those votes against the conference report came from the Democratic side of the aisle. The conference committee report then went to the U.S. Senate on October 20, 2009, in which one might have expected that Senator John Ensign (R-NV), he who was so anxious to “discuss” national security during his turn in the CNN barrel, would have voted for it. Not. So. Much. Senator Ensign was one of 19 members of that august debating society to vote against the passage of the funding for the Homeland Security Department, including money for the Transportation Security Administration. Joining Senator Ensign in opposition to funding the DHS (TSA) were:

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Senator James Risch (R-ID)
Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)
Senator Thomas Coburn (R-OK)
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY)


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