These 30 Democrats Voted to Give More Money to Trump’s Surveillance Apparatus

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Intelligence Authorization bills tend to pass easily. Last year, the FY 2017 one passed 371 to 35. The prior year’s was 364 to 58.

That they tend to pass by such overwhelming bipartisan margins is a testament to a troubling bipartisan consensus. The CIA, FBI, and NSA — agencies with histories of violating civil rights and civil liberties as well as genuinely embodying the cliche of “waste, fraud, and abuse”— will see their budgets increased while basic social services languish. And the budget numbers themselves are withheld from the public (hence the commonly used term “black budget”) — although this is understandable from an intelligence perspective, it also incentivizes waste, fraud, and abuse again since there will be little accountability.

In a break from tradition, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05) encouraged members to vote against it. The FY 2018 Intelligence Authorization Act was brought up as suspension vote (i.e., a vote to suspend the rules of normal order and pass the bill), and thus required a 2/3 vote to pass.

Although Pelosi — unfortunately — had no problems with the underlying bill, but dissented to the lack of debate and amendment process: “This is unacceptable when critical intelligence decisions are being made that impact America’s national security and while the House and Senate intelligence committees are leading investigations into Russia’s continued efforts to undermine our democracy.”

The bill failed to reach the requisite 2/3, with the vote being 241 to 163. 30 Democrats broke with the party leadership to vote for it, and 10 Republicans voted against it.

Here are the 30 Democrats who just couldn’t hold back their love for the CIA, FBI, and NSA:

Pete Aguilar (CA-31)

Ami Bera (CA-07)

Julia Brownley (CA-26)

Salud Carbajal (CA-24)

Cheri Bustos (IL-17)

Lou Correa (CA-46)

Jim Costa (CA-16)

Charlie Crist (FL-13)

John Garamendi (CA-03)

Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)

Bill Keating (MA-09)

Ruben Kihuen (NV-04)

Annie Kuster (NH-02)

Dan Lipinski (IL-03)

Dave Loebsack (IA-02)

Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)

Sean Maloney (NY-18)

Jerry McNerney (CA-09)

Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)

Donald Norcross (NJ-01)

Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)

Scott Peters (CA-52)

Collin Peterson (MN-07)

Jacky Rosen (NV-03)

Brad Schneider (IL-10)

Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01)

Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)

Tom Suozzi (NY-03)

10 Republicans voted against it: Justin Amash (MI-03), Warren Davidson (OH-08), Jimmy Duncan (TN-02), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Jim Jordan (OH-04), Raul Labrador (ID-01), Tom Massie (KY-04), and Mark Sanford (SC-01).

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