Tea Party Caucus Mostly Supports Government Spying Legislation

The Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives claims to be against big government and in favor of constitutional rights. Yesterday, those claims were given a significant test, as the House voted on H.R. 514, legislation to extend the most abusive aspects of the Patriot Act.

The Patriot Act is at the core of big government powers, setting up a huge surveillance network that grabs huge amounts of personal information from American citizens. This Big Brother spying system violates the Constitution’s pledge of protection from unreasonable search and seizure, failing to provide reasonable oversight, and working without any particular specification of spying targets, much less evidence that search and seizure of information is justified. Recent investigations have uncovered tens of thousands of violations committed against Americans under the Patriot Act.

If the Tea Party Caucus truly stands against big government and for constitutional rights, members of the Tea Party Caucus would have voted against renewal of the Patriot Act yesterday. That’s not what happened, though. Instead, almost every member of the Tea Party Caucus voted for the big government spying law.

Out of the 47 current members of the caucus, only 7 voted against the renewal of the Patriot Act. Most of the Tea Party Caucus supported the abuses of big government, and helped in an attack against our constitutional rights. It was up to other members of the House of Representatives to take a stand against big government powers. The effort to pass H.R. 514 failed.

The following is a Tea Party Caucus roll call of the Patriot Act extension vote. Also see a full roll call of the vote on H.R. 514, to extend the controversial spying provisions of the Patriot Act.

Robert Aderholt – Yea
Todd Akin – Yea
Rodney Alexander – Yea
Michele Bachmann – Yea
Joe Barton – Yea
Roscoe Bartlett – Nay
Gus Bilirakis – Yea
Rob Bishop – Nay
Michael Burgess – Yea
Paul Broun – Nay
Dan Burton – Yea
John Carter – Yea
Howard Coble – Yea
Mike Coffman – Yea
Ander Crenshaw – Yea
John Culberson – Yea
John Fleming – Yea
Trent Franks – Yea
Phil Gingrey – Yea
Louie Gohmert – Yea
Tom Graves – Yea
Ralph Hall – Yea
Gregg Harper – Yea
Wally Herger – Yea
Lynn Jenkins – Yea
Steve King – Yea
Doug Lamborn – No Vote
Blaine Luetkemeyer – Yea
Cynthia Lummis – Yea
Kenny Marchant – Nay
Tom McClintock – Nay
Gary Miller – Yea
Sue Myrick – Yea
Randy Neugebauer – Yea
Mike Pence – Yea
Ted Poe – Yea
Tom Price – Yea
Denny Rehberg – Nay
Phil Roe – Nay
Ed Royce – Yea
Steve Scalise – Yea
Pete Sessions – Yea
Adrian Smith – Yea
Lamar Smith – Yea
Clifford Stearns – Yea
Lynn Westmoreland – Yea
Joe Wilson – Yea

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