“One of the most disgusting pieces of legislation ever passed.”
That’s how Bernie Sanders described the American Health Care Act—the draconian bill that allows states to get around Obamacare’s protections for pre-existing conditions, and would cut Medicaid by $880 billion. It barely passed the House—needing 216 votes, and receiving 217.
The news drags on, with the firing of James Comey crowding the current cycle as I write this. But the left and Democrats can’t take their eye off the ball—in addition to Trump’s attempted immigration order, this bill is the most horrendous step under his watch yet. And every single representative who voted for it must be held accountable.
That’s why this post lists every single Republican who voted for this monstrosity (only Republicans voted for it, and 20 Republicans also voted against it)—along with their district, phone number, and social media accounts. Chances are one could be your representative. Some may be in vulnerable districts, but even those in solidly red districts can still be challenged—as long as we keep up the pressure.
The Freedom Caucus
This list starts with 19 hard-line conservatives who initially had reservations with the GOP’s original bill. They gave the revised bill enough votes to pass. These conservatives that flipped are associated with the so-called “Freedom Caucus”—extremely reactionary lawmakers who were spawned in the Tea Party movement.
They demanded elimination of key regulations that guarantee coverage for pre-existing conditions, as well as benefits like maternity coverage. In their fetish for small government, they sought to make a bad bill even worse. How many of their changes will remain in the Senate bill remains to be seen.
With these 19, I’ve given additional details on their background and political philosophy—which reveals their threat not only to any progressive or leftist agenda, but even sustainable governance.
Represents: Michigan’s 3rd District
Originally opposed Donald Trump for president, but that’s only because he’s steeped in right-libertarian orthodoxy. He was the only representative from Michigan to oppose federal aid in response to the Flint water crisis. He’s against federal funding for Planned Parenthood, wants to minimize environmental regulations, and pushes health savings accounts over actual healthcare.
Represents: Alabama’s 5th District
This is the southern charmer who recently said that people who lead good lives don’t have preexisting conditions. He’s sponsored a number of harsh bills against undocumented citizens, he not only opposes abortion but any stem cell research, and also co-sponsored a bill which would have ended federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Represents: North Carolina’s 11th District
He’s the owner of Highland Properties, a construction company. He’s been part of a feud between the Freedom Caucus and GOP leadership. Jason Chaffetz forced Meadows from his Chair on the Subcommittee on Government Operations. This was due to Meadows vote against Obama’s fast-track authority on trade agreements. Then Meadows became part of a coup against John Boehner, who was seen as too eager to compromise with Democrats. He was also instrumental in the government shutdown of 2013. Meadows is extreme on fiscal conservatism—he opposes a raise on any taxes, wants to lower corporate tax rates, and wants health care completely privatized. He’s also ardently against gay marriage and abortion.
Represents: South Carolina’s 3rd District
Jeff Duncan is a CEO of a real estate marketing firm. Governor Mark Sanford called him a “tax payer hero.” He’s been the chair of several committees, including the Natural Gas Offshore Drilling Study Committee. He supported Trump’s executive order to ban citizens from predominantly Muslim countries. In 2012 he took part in ‘Chick-fil-a appreciation day’—in favor of CEO Dan Cathy’s anti-gay marriage remarks—by purchasing large amounts of fried chicken and advertising it on Twitter. After the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, he tweeted “How’s that Syrian refugee resettlement look now?”
Represents: Iowa’s 1st District
Blum is backwards even by Republican standards. He once said that “the Tea Party is what the Republican Party should have always been.” He votes in line with Trump’s positions 100% of the time. He pushed for a committee to investigate if Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue—an accusation with no evidence. He cast the first vote to unseat John Boehner as speaker. He accused scientists of lying about climate changed because their “paychecks come from the federal government.” He favors a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. He supported Trump’s executive order on immigration. Discussing a government shutdown, he said, “I think the Founding Fathers are smiling right now for the first time in a long time.”
A curious controversy about Blum: when running for office, he pledged to give half of his salary to charity unless the federal budget was balanced. He said: I will lead by example and voluntarily cut my pay by returning half to charities and volunteer organizations in the First District of Iowa.” But after being elected, he refused to say if he would follow through on his promise. When questioned about it, he answered, “I don’t think I campaigned on it… I have no idea why it’s on the website.”
Represents: Arizona’s 4th District
Gosar’s 4th congressional district includes the rural western portion of the state, along with some Phoenix suburbs. He originally represented the 1st district, but after redistricting he ran in the much more Republican friendly 4th district. He even bought a second home there and claimed it to be his official residence. He’s standard far right on most issues. He drew controversy when he referred to Native Americans as “wards of the federal government” in reference to a proposal that would give sacred land to a copper mine. He even refused to attend Pope Francis’ address to Congress unless he spoke against “violent Islam” and Planned Parenthood. His biggest concern was that Pope Francis would talk about climate change.
Represents: Florida’s 3rd District
Yoho mounted a challenge to John Boehner in 2015, and failed. He became notorious for his position on breaching the debt ceiling and defaulting on the national debt. He claimed this would “bring stability to world markets,” which Democrats and even some Republicans called “crazy talk.” Yolo was the cosponsor of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, which has not gone anywhere after it passed the House.
Raúl R. Labrador
Represents: Idaho’s District 14B
Ah…one of “Newsmax’s 50 most Influential Latino Republicans of 2016.” Why so influential? Labrador wanted the Obama administration to immediately deport any young undocumented immigrants. He also signed a pledge to vote against any Global Warming legislation that would raise taxes. He also introduced the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act,” which, according to the ACLU, would “open the door to unprecedented taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people, single mothers, and unmarried couples.”
Represents: Pennsylvania’s 4th District
Perry prefaced his political career with founding a mechanical contracting firm. While running this business, he faced charges of conspiring to falsify state mandated sewage records. He still maintains his innocence. His positions are textbook Republican. He recently faced an angry crowd at the heart of his district, so there’s hope.
Represents: Virginia’s 7th District
Brat is known as the guy that toppled Eric Cantor—it was the first time a House Majority Leader was defeated in a primary race. Cantor’s harshest criticism of Brat during the primary was that he was a “liberal professor” with strong ties to Tim Kaine (Kaine did appoint Brat to his economics advisory board). Brat won by moving to Cantor’s right, calling him a “crony-capitalist” (wait, that’s what I thought a Republican was), and earning the wing nut approval of Mark Levin and Ann Coulter. Sean Hannity attributed Brat’s win to God.
With a background in economics, Brat formed his own economic philosophy. He sees economic markets linked to culture, specifically Protestant culture. He believes that Adam Smith’s invisible hand theory should be seen within the context of Christianity.
In 2015, Brat was one of 25 Republicans to vote against John Boehner’s re-election as Speaker of the House. Boehner, who needed at least 205 votes, won with 216 votes. He once argued in an economic paper “institutions such as religion, democracy and government anti-diversion policies all significantly enhance a country’s long-run economic performance.” He believes that capitalism—when merged with Christianity—can be the key to world transformation. (Yes, he actually believes this crap.)
Predictably, Brat’s positions reflects these beliefs—vowing to defund Obamacare, wanting to “market-based” reforms to Medicare and Social Security, and pushing laws to restrict abortion, gay rights, and gambling.
Represents: Texas’s 1st congressional district
Gohmert is one of the wilder cards in congress. He was a state district judge during the 90’s, when he notoriously ordered an HIV positive man—who was convicted on motor vehicle theft charges—to seek written consent from all future sexual partners (on a form stating his HIV status). Though this angered LGBTQ activists and civil libertarians, Gohmert still went on to be appointed by Governor Rick Perry to Texas’s 12th Court of Appeals.
Eventually making it into congress, Gohmert challenged John Boehner for the Speaker of the House position in 2015, only to lose two days later. A few months later, he boosted his rightwing cred by calling on the Democratic Party to disband due to its historic support of slavery (yep, he took the Dinesh D’Souza route).
Gohmert also indulges in wacky theories related to Islam—like wide gun ownership being needed to protect citizens from Sharia Law, and Obama starting a new Ottoman Empire in the Middle East so that he could take the credit. He also tore into Attorney General Eric Holder after the Boston Marathon bombing, claiming that ‘political correctness’ had caused the FBI to investigate Billy and Franklin Graham instead of radicals like bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Holder shut him down by saying that Gohmert didn’t have access to the FBI files, leading Gohmert to accuse Holder of challenging his character.
Represents: New Mexico’s 2nd district
Steve Pearce once made 130,000 automated phone calls to try to justify his opposition to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, so it’s no surprise that he would be part of the caucus that made a bad health care bill only worse. In doing these calls, he violated House ethics rules by urging those he called to contact him through non-campaign phone number.
Pearce also once published a memoir entitled Just Fly the Plane, Stupid!, where the Southern Baptist wrote that a wife should “voluntarily submit” to her husband. Oh, Pearce, you charmer you.
Jody B. Hice
Represents: Georgia’s 10th congressional district
Jody Hice is a man of many talents—a talk radio host, Southern Baptist preacher, congressman. In 2008 he joined 32 other pastors for “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” to challenge the IRS code that churches could lose their tax-exempt status if they discuss politics from the pulpit.
Like Gohmert, Hice also has nutty views on Islam. He claimed that Islam is not merely a religion, but a geo-political structure, and so is not deserving of First Amendment protection. He also quoted anti-Muslim general Jerry Boykin, claiming that there’s a secret plot by the Muslim Brotherhood to take over the country.
In 2005 there was conflict between the ACLU and Barrow County, Georgia, concerning the public display of the Ten Commandments in the County Courthouse. A local radio station asked Hice to give his commentary on this and other issues. That program became the Let Freedom Ring show, and is now called The Jody Hice Show.
In 2004 Hice stated in an interview that a woman should be “within the authority of her husband” is she wants to run for public office. Starting to see a pattern with these guys?
Represents: Ohio’s 4th District
Jordan was once a four-time wrestling champion in high school, now he wrestles healthcare away from people with pre-existing conditions. Jordan helped to found the Freedom Caucus. Since then he’s kept busy fighting Planned Parenthood, healthcare reform, and the IRS. He even introduced a resolution calling on Eric Holder to initiate an investigation into the IRS supposedly targeting conservative nonprofits.
Jordan is ranked among the most conservative Republicans in congress, and hardcore Tea Partiers praise him for being right of most of his party—he’s received high scores and endorsements from the American Conservative Union and Ohio Right to Life.
Represents: North Carolina’s 13th District
Ted Budd is new in congress, having just won North Carolina’s redrawn 13th district in November, 2016. His background is typical Republican blah-ness—small businessman (a gun shop and firearms training facility), pro-border wall building, and endorsed by the Club for Growth.
Interesting note: he met his wife, Amy Kate, while on a mission to the Soviet Union in 1991. So if you’re into #RussiaGate, go to town. I’m sure Louise Mensch could have a blast with that tidbit.
Represents: Florida’s 8th District
Speaking of Russia, Bill Posey’s mother immigrated from Russia. Louise, are you listening?
Anyway, in 2009 Posey proposed a bill which would require presidential candidates to provide a copy of their original birth certificate. This was in reaction to the ridiculous conspiracy theories that President Obama was not a natural born citizen. When asked about Obama’s birthplace, Posey gave the weaselly answer that what he believed on the issue was irrelevant.
Posey has also joined the movement linking vaccines to autism. Though he claims he still supports immunizations for children, he still expresses suspicions that there is a link between Thimerosal—a preservative used in some vaccines—and autism (which there is no scientific evidence for). And this guy was a key deciding vote for your health care.
Tom Garrett Jr.
Represents: Virginia’s 5th District
Tom Garrett Jr.’s background is standard Republican fare—former prosecutor, etc.—so let’s cut to the fun news. He recently said that he didn’t know if any of his fellow Republican actually read the bill. “Oh gosh,” he muttered on MSNBC, “People in my office have read the bill. That’s why we have staff.” (To be fair, few Democrats reportedly read the entire Obamacare bill when it originally passed—something Republicans love to use as an excuse for their ignorance of everything in the current bill.)
Represents: Texas’s 29th District
In 2014, during President Obama’s State of the Union, Weber sent tweets referring to the President as the “Kommandant-In-Chief” and “the Socialist dictator.” (Still wish Obama could have upped his socialist cred to meet the Repub’s standards). Then, in 2015, following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Weber tweeted, “Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris.”
Yeah, real charmer, this one.
Represents: Florida’s 6th District
DeSantis was running for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat while Rubio was running for president. But then he withdrew after Rubio decided to seek reelection (after Trump beat him in his own state), opting to run again for his own House seat.
DeSantis felt compelled to write a book called Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama. Who knows what kind of garbage is between those two covers—I’m sure most have more important things in their reading lists. DeSantis is far right on pretty much everything, his positions include opposing taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, striking down anti-discrimination laws for entities that discriminate against gay people, and reducing every tax he can find.
Just to get a feel for DeSantis’s legislation, he once co-introduced the ‘Non-Discrimination of Israel in Labeling Act,’ which would allow Israeli producers to label their products manufactured on the West Bank as “Made in Israel.” He also believes that the U.S. Embassy should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Rest of the Republicans Who Voted for the ACHA
Represents: Alaska’s At-Large District
Represents: Alabama’s 1st District
Represents: Alabama’s 2nd District
Mike D. Rogers
Represents: Alabama’s 3rd District
Robert B. Aderholt
Represents: Alabama’s 4th District
Represents: Alabama’s 6th District
Represents: Arkansas’s 1st District
Represents: Arkansas’s 2nd District
Represents: Arkansas’s 3rd District
Represents: Arkansas’s 4th District
Martha E. McSally
Represents: Arizona’s 2nd District
Represents: Arizona’s 6th District
Represents: Arizona’s 8th District
Represents: California’s 1st District
Represents: California’s 4th District
Represents: California’s 8th District
Represents: California’s 10th District
Represents: California’s 21st District
Represents: California’s 22nd District
Represents: California’s 23rd District
Represents: California’s 25th District
Represents: California’s 39th District
Represents: California’s 42nd District
Represents: California’s 45th District
Represents: California’s 48th District
Represents: California’s 49th District
Represents: California’s 50th District
Represents: Colorado’s 3rd District
Represents: Colorado’s 4th District
Represents: Colorado’s 5th District
Represents: Florida’s 1st District
Represents: Florida’s 2nd District
Represents: Florida’s 4th District
Represents: Florida’s 8th District
Represents: Florida’s 12th District
Dennis A. Ross
Represents: Florida’s 15th District
Represents: Florida’s 16th District
Represents: Florida’s 17th District
Represents: Florida’s 18th District
Represents: Florida’s 19th District
Represents: Florida’s 25th District
Represents: Florida’s 26th District
Earl L. “Buddy” Carter
Represents: Georgia’s 1st District
Represents: Georgia’s 3rd District
Represents: Georgia’s 7th District
Represents: Georgia’s 8th District
Represents: Georgia’s 9th District
Represents: Georgia’s 11th District
Rick W. Allen
Represents: Georgia’s 12th District
Represents: Georgia’s 14th District
Represents: Iowa’s 3rd District
Represents: Iowa’s 4th District
Represents: Idaho’s 2nd District
Represents: Illinois’s 6th District
Represents: Illinois’s 12th District
Represents: Illinois’s 13th District
Represents: Illinois’s 14th District
Represents: Illinois’s 15th District
Represents: Illinois’s 16th District
Darin M. LaHood
Represents: Illinois’s 18th District
Represents: Indiana’s 2nd District
Represents: Indiana’s 3rd District
Represents: Indiana’s 4th District
Susan W. Brooks
Represents: Indiana’s 5th District
Represents: Indiana’s 6th District
Represents: Indiana’s 8th District
Represents: Indiana’s 9th District
Represents: Kansas’s 1st District
Twitter: @RepMarshall (he hasn’t tweeted, but you can still tweet him)
Represents: Kansas’s 2nd District
Represents: Kansas’s 3rd District
Represents: Kansas’s 4th District
Represents: Kentucky’s 1st District
Represents: Kentucky’s 2nd District
Represents: Kentucky’s 5th District
Represents: Kentucky’s 6th District
Represents: Louisiana’s 1st District
Represents: Louisiana’s 3rd District
Represents: Louisiana’s 4th District
Represents: Louisiana’s 5th District
Represents: Louisiana’s 6th District
Represents: Maryland’s 1st District
Represents: Maine’s 2nd District
Represents: Michigan’s 1st District
Represents: Michigan’s 2nd District
Represents: Michigan’s 4th District
Represents: Michigan’s 6th District
Represents: Michigan’s 7th District
Represents: Michigan’s 8th District
Represents: Michigan’s 10th District
Represents: Michigan’s 11th District
Represents: Minnesota’s 2nd District
Represents: Minnesota’s 3rd District
Represents: Minnesota’s 6th District
Represents: Minnesota’s 2nd District
Represents: Minnesota’s 3rd District
Represents: Missouri’s 4th District
Represents: Missouri’s 6th District
Represents: Missouri’s 7th District
Represents: Missouri’s 8th District
Represents: Mississippi’s 1st District
Represents: Mississippi’s 3rd District
Steven M. Palazzo
Represents: Mississippi’s 4th District
Represents: North Carolina’s 2nd District
Represents: North Carolina’s 5th District
Represents: North Carolina’s 6th District
Represents: North Carolina’s 7th District
Represents: North Carolina’s 8th District
Represents: North Carolina’s 9th District
Patrick T. McHenry
Represents: North Carolina’s 10th District
Represents: North Dakota’s At-large District
Represents: Nebraska’s 1st District
Represents: Nebraska’s 2nd District
Represents: Nebraska’s 3rd District
Represents: New Jersey’s 3rd District
Represents: New Jersey’s 11th District
Represents: Nevada’s 2nd District
Represents: New York’s 1st District
Peter T. King
Represents: New York’s 2nd District
John J. Faso
Represents: New York’s 19th District
Represents: New York’s 21st District
Represents: New York’s 22nd District
Represents: New York’s 23rd District
Represents: New York’s 27th District
Represents: Ohio’s 1st District
Represents: Ohio’s 2nd District
Represents: Ohio’s 7th District
Represents: Ohio’s 8th District
Represents: Ohio’s 12th District
Represents: Ohio’s 15th District
James B. Renacci
Represents: Ohio’s 16th District
Represents: Oklahoma’s 1st District
Represents: Oklahoma’s 2nd District
Frank D. Lucas
Represents: Oklahoma’s 3rd District
Represents: Oklahoma’s 4th District
Represents: Oklahoma’s 5th District
Represents: Oregon’s 2nd District
Represents: Pennsylvania’s 3rd District
Represents: Pennsylvania’s 5th District
Represents: Pennsylvania’s 9th District
Represents: Pennsylvania’s 10th District
Represents: Pennsylvania’s 11th District
Represents: Pennsylvania’s 12th District
Lloyd K. Smucker
Represents: Pennsylvania’s 16th District
Represents: Pennsylvania’s 18th District
Represents: South Carolina’s 1st District
Represents: South Carolina’s 2nd District
Represents: South Carolina’s 4th District
Represents: South Carolina’s 7th District
Represents: South Dakota’s At-large District
Represents: Tennessee’s 1st District
John J. Duncan Jr.
Represents: Tennessee’s 2nd District
Represents: Tennessee’s 3rd District
Represents: Tennessee’s 4th District
Represents: Tennessee’s 6th District
Represents: Tennessee’s 7th District
Represents: Tennessee’s 8th District
Represents: Texas’s 2nd District
Represents: Texas’s 3rd District
Represents: Texas’s 4th District
Represents: Texas’s 5th District
Joe L. Barton
Represents: Texas’s 6th District
Represents: Texas’s 7th District
Represents: Texas’s 8th District
Represents: Texas’s 10th District
K. Michael Conaway
Represents: Texas’s 11th District
Represents: Texas’s 12th District
Represents: Texas’s 13th District
Represents: Texas’s 17th District
Represents: Texas’s 19th District
Represents: Texas’s 21st District
Represents: Texas’s 22nd District
Represents: Texas’s 24th District
Represents: Texas’s 25th District
Michael C. Burgess
Represents: Texas’s 26th District
Represents: Texas’s 27th District
Represents: Texas’s 31st District
Represents: Texas’s 32nd District
Represents: Texas’s 36th District
Represents: Utah’s 1st District
Represents: Utah’s 2nd District
Represents: Utah’s 3rd District
Represents: Utah’s 4th District
Represents: Virginia’s 1st District
Represents: Virginia’s 2nd District
Robert W. Goodlatte
Represents: Virginia’s 6th District
Represents: Virginia’s 9th District
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Represents: Washington’s 5th District
Represents: Wisconsin’s 1st District
Represents: Wisconsin’s 5th District
Represents: Wisconsin’s 6th District
Sean P. Duffy
Represents: Wisconsin’s 7th District
Phone: 202.225.3365 or 855.585.4251 (toll-free)
Represents: Wisconsin’s 8th District
David B. McKinley
Represents: West Virginia’s 1st District
Alex X. Mooney
Represents: West Virginia’s 2nd District
Evan H. Jenkins
Represents: West Virginia’s 3rd District
Represents: Wyoming’s At-Large District
Represents: Washington’s 4th District