I have a correction to a portion of this column. The Vote I linked to below yesterday was the role call and was not the final tally. The final tally is here. Making the vote 244-185. The actual votes for represented below remain accurate, however. I apologize for any confusion.
The vote in the House to repeal ObamaTax (Affordable Healthcare Act a.k.a Obamacare) was successful. It passed 240 to 182, with 5 Democrats voting for repeal. The Democrats that voted for repeal were:
Note that two of the four are from North Carolina, a state very much in play and polling as of late has leaning towards Mitt Romney.
Kissel was expected to vote as such and his vote is transparent pandering, seeing as how Kissel had voted against repeal in the past. McIntyre held true to his promises to his district and vote to repeal. Good for him – But McIntyre is walking only part of the walk that goes with his talk.
NC Representatives voted NAY to repeal:
- Rep. George Butterfield [D, NC-1]
- Rep. Bradley Miller [D, NC-13]
- Rep. David Price [D, NC-4]
- Rep. Heath Shuler [D, NC-11]
- Rep. Melvin Watt [D, NC-12]
NC Representatives voting AYE to repeal:
- Rep. Howard Coble [R, NC-6]
- Rep. Renee Ellmers [R, NC-2]
- Rep. Virginia Foxx [R, NC-5]
- Rep. Walter Jones [R, NC-3]
- Rep. Patrick McHenry [R, NC-10]
- Rep. Sue Myrick [R, NC-9]
- Rep. Dan Boren [D, OK-2]
- Rep. Larry Kissell [D, NC-8]
- Rep. Mike McIntyre [D, NC-7]
- Rep. Mike Ross [D, AR-4]
I’d like to take a moment and highlight Rep. Renee Ellmers for her succinct, yet moving speech given on the floor yesterday:
You can read Rep. Ellmers’ letter to Senator Reid here.
She also appeared on the Bill LuMaye radio show to talk about the repeal. You can listen to the audio here. Rep. Ellmers also issued a press release on Obamacare today, calling for the Senate to allow the repeal vote to proceed:
Ellmers Calls on Reid to Allow Senate Vote on Obamacare
Over 100 Members of Congress Join Letter to Demand Decision by Senate
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Renee Ellmers released the following statement from her office in Washington this afternoon:
“This afternoon, I sent a letter to Senator Harry Reid, calling on him to allow the Senate to vote on the Repeal of Obamacare Act, which we passed here in the House today. Members of both parties voted in support of this repeal and it is incumbent on us, as elected Representatives and Senators, to make a decision on issues that affect all Americans and future generations.”
“Here in the House, we have sent over 30 pieces of job-creating, pro growth legislation to the Senate. If Senator Reid is confident in his party’s majority in the Senate, and proud of the historic increase in taxes brought on by Obamacare, then there is no reason to deny each Senator their right to make their position known. This law was not presented to the American people as a tax, but now that it has been ruled one by the Supreme Court, the Senate has an obligation, as elected officials, to let the hardworking American taxpayers know where their Senator stands.”
“Great leaders rise in support of what they believe in because they are emboldened by the courage to defend their principles. The failure to do so only diminishes the worthiness of their cause.”