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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

WHO REFUSED TO SIGN THE PATRIOT ACT?






ANSWER: A single Senator and 66 Representatives refused to sign the Patriot Act in 2001.

Here are profiles of three:

UPDATED FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2005, TO INCLUDE:

REPRESENTATIVE BERNIE SANDERS, INDEPENDENT, VERMONT
(See above: 'Which Congress Member is Undoing the Patriot Act?')

REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA LEE, DEMOCRAT, CALIFORNIA

AND

SENATOR RUSS FEINGOLD, DEMOCRAT, WISCONSIN

AND

REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS KUCINICH, DEMOCRAT, OHIO?

Here are brief profiles of three Congressmembers who did not sign the Patriot Act.

BARBARA LEE

Congresswoman Barbara Lee was born in El Paso, Texas in 1946 and moved with her family to California in 1960.

She studied Psychology at Mills College, and graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Masters in Social Work. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband. The couple has two daughters.

On April 7, 1998, Lee was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Her 9th Congressional District is one of the nation's most progressive.

In an interview posted to "The Nation" on September 20, 2001, Bay Area Representative Lee recalled standing alone against the Congressional vote to respond to the 911 attacks with military force.

She warned of "a rush to judgment," and a fellow Congressperson's words, "As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore."

Of the Patriot Act Barbara Lee said it "fundamentally alters the nature of our civil liberties" and "...does little to increase public safety."

At a March 2003 San Francisco anti-war rally, Lee announced her plans to introduce a resolution against force in Iraq and to repeal the USA Patriot Act.

Barbara Lee reported receiving many personal threats after she stood her ground virtually alone. She is much admired and respected by her constituents and throughout the Bay Area.



On December 27, 2004, at 9:58 PM, WindyCityLefty wrote saying, "I believe that Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) also voted against it. His opponent in the last election used it as his main point and Feingold beat him handily."

"WindyCityLefty" is correct.


RUSS FEINGOLD

Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold has served in the Senate since 1992. He was an Oxford Rhodes Scholar and graduated Harvard Law School.

He has worked with John McCain on Campaign Finance Reform, and he won his first campaign with virtually no money.

Senator Feingold supports gay rights, health care reform, AIDS prevention, and the preservation of social security. He is strong on the environment and wants improved foreign policy.

As Ranking Member of the Constitution Subcommittee Senator Feingold is positioned to understand and uphold the core values protected by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

In his October 12, 2001 Milwaukee address to Associated Press managing editors, "On Opposing the U.S. Patriot Act," Senator Feingold said that it is especially in times of crisis "that there is the greatest temptation to dispense with fundamental constitutional guarantees which, it is feared, will inhibit governmental action.

"The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances.... In no other way can we transmit to posterity unimpaired the blessings of liberty, consecrated by the sacrifices of the Revolution."

He voted against the Patriot Act on the grounds that it limits American Civil Rights.

(See WindyCityLefty's BLOG for more excellent material on Russell Feingold.)


DENNIS KUCINICH

In his own words from his website:

"It's time for our Party to show some backbone. It's time to stand for the repeal of the PATRIOT Act. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I spoke against it, I voted against it, and I introduced legislation for its repeal. From traveling across America, it's unmistakably clear to me that there is an almost universal rejection of the PATRIOT Act.

Just 45 days after the September 11, 2001, attacks, President Bush rammed the PATRIOT Act through Congress with virtually no debate. This law poses an unprecedented threat to Americans' individual freedoms and is a violation of our civil liberties. Many provisions of the act had been long sought after by law enforcement and repeatedly rejected by Congress in the past.

Without a warrant or probable cause, the FBI can now search your private medical records or access your library records. Your doctor or local library is forbidden from notifying you when these searches take place. The government may search your home while you are away and in some cases even confiscate your property. Judicial oversight of these measures is virtually nonexistent. These are only a few of the PATRIOT Act's provisions that compromise our civil liberties."


BELOW ARE THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTES ON THE PATRIOT ACT

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

The Bill Title was: "To deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world."

On October 24, 2001 at 11:05 AM there were 357 YEAS, and 66 NAYS, and 9 Not Voting.

Of 66 NAYS, Ney, Otter, and Paul were the only Republicans. All the rest were Democrats. (I have added the first names of the Reps I have, to date, profiled in this BLOG.)

Baldwin,
Barrett,
Blumenauer,
Bonior,
Boucher,
Brown (OH),
Capuano,
Clayton,
Conyers,
Coyne,
Cummings,
Davis (IL),
DeFazio,
DeGette,
Dingell,
Farr,
Filner,
Frank,
Hastings (FL),
Hilliard,
Honda.
Jackson (IL),
Jackson-Lee (TX),
Johnson, E. B.,
Jones (OH),
Dennis Kucinich,
Barbara Lee,
Lewis (GA),
McDermott,
McGovern,
McKinney,
Meek (FL),
Miller,
George,
Mink,
Mollohan,
Nadler,
Ney,
Oberstar,
Olver,
Otter,
Owens,
Pastor,
Paul,
Payne,
Peterson (MN),
Rahall,
Rivers,
Rush,
Sabo,
Sanchez,
Bernie Sanders,
Schakowsky,
Scott,
Serrano,
Stark,
Thompson (MS),
Tierney,
Udall (CO),
Udall (NM),
Velazquez,
Visclosky,
Waters,
Watson (CA),
Watt (NC),
Woolsey,
Wu

SENATE VOTE ON THE PATRIOT ACT: This one is easier. Out of 100 Senators, one abstained, and of the 99 remaining, every Senator except for Russell Feingold voted for the Patriot Act.

NAYs ---1
Russell Feingold (D-WI)

Not Voting - 1
Landrieu (D-LA)

Grouped By YEAs ---98
Akaka (D-HI)
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Bond (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Breaux (D-LA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Byrd (D-WV)
Campbell (R-CO)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carnahan (D-MO)
Carper (D-DE)
Chafee (R-RI)
Cleland (D-GA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
Daschle (D-SD)
Dayton (D-MN)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dodd (D-CT)
Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Edwards (D-NC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fitzgerald (R-IL)
Frist (R-TN)
Graham (D-FL)
Gramm (R-TX)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Helms (R-NC)
Hollings (D-SC)
Hutchinson (R-AR)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Miller (D-GA)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Nickles (R-OK)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Santorum (R-PA)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-NH)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Stevens (R-AK)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thompson (R-TN)
Thurmond (R-SC)
Torricelli (D-NJ)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
Wellstone (D-MN)
Wyden (D-OR)