It’s quite an eye-opener. A vote was taken in the House on Thursday to sanction Hamas terrorists and their supporters. 45 Democrats said no to that resolution.
Name ’em and shame ’em. I call them the Hamas Caucus.
The 45 Democrats are:
Blumenauer (OR), Bowman (NY), Bush (MO), Cárdenas (CA), Carson (IN), Casar (TX), Castro (TX), Chu (CA), Clarke (NY), DeSaulnier (CA), Escobar (TX), Foushee (NC), Frost (FL), García (IL), Garcia (TX), Garcia, R. (CA), Grijalva (AZ), Huffman (CA), Ivey (MD),… https://t.co/XwN0YELFYp
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The resolution is for new sanctions on Hamas’ international backers and a policy of opposing Iran’s nuclear program ‘by any means necessary.’ The Squad and its fellow travelers voted against that.
One Republican joined with Democrats to vote no.
The House of Representatives voted last night by wide bipartisan margins in favor of new sanctions on Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian terrorist groups, and a nonbinding resolution opposing Iran’s nuclear program. But it defeated, in a bipartisan vote, an effort to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
The Hamas International Financing Prevention Act, the sanctions bill, passed the House by a 363-46 vote. Most of the 45 no votes came from progressive Democrats; Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) was the only Republican to vote no. The bill would place new sanctions on individuals, entities and foreign governments that provide support to Palestinian terror groups.
Massie often votes differently than the majority of Republicans, often when it comes to free speech issues. In this vote, he apparently considered it an affront to the First Amendment rights of anti-Israel protesters. Some critics were concerned about a provision in the bill that would require specific presidential waivers to allow humanitarian aid to move into Gaza and the West Bank. The original bill had a blanket sanctions exemption for humanitarian aid. It didn’t require individual waivers.
On the resolution on Iran’s nuclear program, it passed by a 354-53 vote. The 50 Democrats who voted against it were joined by three Republicans who voted no – Reps. Dan Bishop (R-NC), Warren Davidson (R-OH) and Massie.
That legislation declares that it is U.S. policy that a nuclear-armed Iran cannot be permitted “under any circumstances” and that the U.S. will “use all means necessary to prevent” that outcome. It also expresses American “support for the freedom of action of partners and allies, including Israel, to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
Opponents of the legislation have called its language overly broad, arguing that it could be read to endorse and support a ground invasion of Iran or a U.S. nuclear strike on the country. They have also said that unconditionally supporting partners’ actions could endanger U.S. forces.
There was a vote to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib, with a resolution introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Tlaib has repeated the lie that an Israeli rocket was targeted to hit a hospital in Gaza, resulting in massive loss of life. It was quickly debunked but Tlaib continues to blame Israel to this day. She is an anti-Semitic liar. The vote was 222-186 to MTG’s censure. The censure was in response to Tlaib’s remarks at an anti-Israel protest at the Capitol last month. Twenty-three Republicans voted with all House Democrats to defeat the censure.
The resolution repeatedly described that protest, which was non-violent, as an “insurrection.” Democrats roundly rejected the resolution given Greene’s own history of antisemitic comments, and her efforts to defend and minimize the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Twenty-three Republicans, representing a broad cross-section of the party and including several of Tlaib’s Michigan colleagues, voted with all House Democrats to defeat the censure attempt. Most notably, Rep. Max Miller (R-OH), one of two Jewish Republicans who was a key figure in Republicans’ successful bid to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the Foreign Affairs Committee, voted against censuring Tlaib.
“If we want to call balls and strikes, members of both parties have said antisemitic remarks. They have,” Miller told CNN earlier in the day. “Marjorie Taylor Greene has said antisemitic remarks. Rashida Tlaib has said antisemitic remarks. I’m going to call it out on both sides of the aisle. I’m sick of it.”
There ya go. Why is it always Republicans who cave and vote with all the Democrats instead of demanding that Democrats go along with Republicans for a change? The compromising always goes one way.