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Darrell Vermilion 5 months
I put this in a reply to another comment but figured others might also find it useful: Passed 402-12 with 19 abstentions. Of the 12 "nay" votes, 11 were Republican and 1 was Independent: Nay AL 5th  R  Brooks, Mo Nay AZ 4th  R  Gosar, Paul Nay AZ 5th  R  Biggs, Andy Nay CO 4th  R  Buck, Ken Nay GA 10th  R  Hice, Jody Nay KY 4th  R  Massie, Thomas Nay MD 1st  R  Harris, Andy Nay MI 3rd  I  Amash, Justin Nay SC 5th  R  Norman, Ralph Nay TN 6th  R  Rose, John Nay TX 19th  R  Arrington, Jodey Nay TX 27th  R  Cloud, Michael Source: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/116-2019/h474 It's worth noting that people oftentimes vote against bills for all sorts of reasons. I would look into their personal justifications as to why they voted the way they did on a particular bill (in my experience, a representative's website is usually a good place to find this type of information).
Petri Fide 5 months
@Darrell - Agree... too often an R or D will propose a reasonable bill only ro have an opposing R or D contaminate the bill with frivolous earmarks. Then when Congressional representatives oppose the bill because of the frivolous earmarks, they will get accused of opposing the original bill with no mention of the earmarks. This happens all the time with Appropriation Bills that have earmark funding for strange things like a half million dollars for a Sparta Teapot Museum or over the past two years, legislators have added an average of 257 earmarks costing $15 billion. There are many reasons reasonable sounding bills get voted against.
Nika D 5 months
Agree—when I see people like Amash or Massie or Rand Paul oppose a bill, it’s almost always on the grounds that pork has been thrown in or government is given undue power.

William 5 months
Shame it took this long for people to start caring. I guess it shows that neither a Republican-ruled House nor a corporate Democrat-ruled House cared enough about the folks who put their lives on the line for this nation. Beauracracy cost people their lives.
MEIJIN44 5 months
The thing is I would have thought shit like this was automatic. What is the debate about? They earned it give it to them and be done with it. We are willing to throw billions at illegal immigrants but not handle this stuff first. This is so dumb. 18 years is a bit ridiculous for this shit to be handled.
William 5 months
@MEIJIN44: The common rebuttal was that it would impact the national deficit. Not like pouring billions into Homeland Security, the only 17 year old department or ICE, the only 16 year old department. Or putting more money towards the already $686.1 billion military budget so we can build more useless planes like the F-35.
MEIJIN44 5 months
I have to disagree with you on that we need border patrol and enforcement. I always wondered why the national guard couldn't handle it but that is another argument. Same with military R and D. We need better weapons and weapons research. We would hate to be behind technological advancements and use metaphorical spears to bullets. All that aside we could probably get the money from all the redundant organizations. Spending money for useless shit year after year. I don't know why we are pretending they are cutting costs now.

ThatOneGuy WhoDoesThatThing 5 months
I hope that if it is turned down (or even simply voted against) that somebody releases a list of representatives that voted against it...
Petri Fide 5 months
You can review voting record online.
Darrell Vermilion 5 months
It's worth noting that people oftentimes vote against bills for all sorts of reasons. I would look into their personal justifications as to why they voted the way they did on a particular bill (in my experience, a representative's website is usually a good place to find this type of information). Having said that, the bill was passed 402-12 with 19 abstentions. Of the 12 "nay" votes, 11 were Republican and 1 was Independent: Nay AL 5th  R  Brooks, Mo Nay AZ 4th  R  Gosar, Paul Nay AZ 5th  R  Biggs, Andy Nay CO 4th  R  Buck, Ken Nay GA 10th  R  Hice, Jody Nay KY 4th  R  Massie, Thomas Nay MD 1st  R  Harris, Andy Nay MI 3rd  I  Amash, Justin Nay SC 5th  R  Norman, Ralph Nay TN 6th  R  Rose, John Nay TX 19th  R  Arrington, Jodey Nay TX 27th  R  Cloud, Michael Source: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/116-2019/h474
Petri Fide 5 months
@Darrell - Agree... too often an R or D will propose a reasonable bill only ro have an opposing R or D contaminate the bill with frivolous attachments. Then when Congressional representatives oppose the bill because of the frivolous attachment, they will get accused of opposing the original bill with no mention of the attachments. This happens all the time with Appropriation Bills with earmark funding for strange things like a half million dollars for a Sparta Teapot Museum or over the past two years, legislators have added an average of 257 earmarks costing $15 billion. There are many reasons reasonable sounding bills get voted against.

Andrew Colomy 5 months
Anyone that turns this down should be deeply ashamed of themselves.
Nika D 5 months
Oftentimes bills are voted against because ridiculous pork is added to them. This is the way the government has bloated itself to an authoritarian monstrosity.

Sir_Kutz 5 months
It should have been made permanent damn near 20 years ago.

Alulim of Sumer 5 months
actually while I agree that this needs to happen. I also am wondering why no one cares about our deficit.

ConcealCarryProtect MOD 5 months
Thank God is finally happened. Should have happened before Luis Alvarez died. He fought so hard.

Lowlife 5 months
Any congressmen put any riders on it?

Akira Kevin 5 months
I'd turn it down. Can just about guarantee there's SOME kind of corruption in it, like extending ridiculous amounts of money to anyone with the slightest (fake) claim AND their family... but not before a media circus painting Republicans in opposition to it [vote for us, free stuff!]
William 5 months
Then why did Republicans turn it down back in 2015 when they had control of the House and Senate? Surely there'd be no corruption if it came from them. Why did Texas representative Dan Crenshaw not sponsor the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill but use the event as an excuse to attack Democratic congresspeople who WERE sponsoring it. Why did Republicans have to be bullied into helping first responders who put their lives on the line when our country was attacked, but still tout the line "Never forget?" The only reason it's getting addressed now is because of progressive Democrats. Neither Republicans nor corporate Dems did anything for these heroes and now too many of them are dead or are beyond saving.
random Rage 4 months
you can't be serious...how would you help those first responders who saved lives back in 2001 who are now suffering due to their sacrifice?

Michael Tatom 5 months
This should be a no brainer. Let’s see who votes against it.