The U.S. House voted 219-212 to approve the contemptible "American Clean Energy and Security Act" (a.k.a. "The Job-Killing Act" or the "Plow our Economy Into the Ground Act").
It was widely reported that Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI 3rd District) was considering voting in favor of the bill. He did not vote in favor of the bill.
In the end, eight (8) Republicans voted in favor of the bill. Forty-four (44) Democrats voted against it. You can find the complete Congressional roll call for the vote here. The eight Republicans who voted for the bill should be losers in the 2010 primary elections, as they clearly do not stand for conservative principles or for the principles of the Republican party.
Taking Names? Here are some to consider:
All seven Michigan Republicans in Congress voted "No" on the bill.
All eight Michigan Democrats in Congress voted "Yes" on the bill.
The eight GOP traitors on this vote were:
- Mary Bono Mack (CA 45th District)
- Michael Castle (DE)
- Mark Kirk (IL 10th District)
- Leonard Lance (NJ 7th District)
- Frank LoBiondo (NJ 2nd District)
- John McHugh (NY 23rd District)
- David Reichert (WA 8th District)
- Chris Smith (NJ 4th District)
There is a lesson here: Keep your memory. Remember who voted to raise your taxes (regardless of whatever misnomer they may invent for it), usurp more power, and drive a stake into the heart of the American economy. And when you enter that polling place next year, vote them out.