The amendment passed 223-195 with 43 Republicans supporting it. The GOP House just supported arguably the most radical Democrat agenda item in the dead of night.
Enshrining Obama’s specific edict into law and then passing vanity language reaffirming the general importance of religious liberty is like doing CPR on a dead body.
GOP leaders are always twisting arms to get conservative members to vote for bad bills. Somehow we are to believe they were impotent in ensuring “moderate” members (what is moderate about transgenderism?) adhere to the party’s platform?
The reality is that Paul Ryan has long been a supporter of ENDA (Employment Non Discrimination Act), the legislative vehicle for enshrining transgenderism into law and mandating adherence to its dogma on private businesses. That is why he’s been absent in this fight. Moreover, Republicans have failed to allow a single anti-religious bigotry bill to the floor since the illegal gay marriage decision was issued by the Supreme Court, despite the ubiquitous threats against private businesses, states, and private property.
Clearly, whipping against this vote was not a priority.
Once the Maloney amendment passed with GOP votes, Republicans proceeded to do what they always do so well. They offered side-by-side amendments in an attempt to cover up the damage.
They passed the “Pitts amendment” as a second-degree by voice vote to affirm the constitutional importance of religious liberty. Then they passed the Byrne Amendments to reaffirm that RFRA is still in place and the government cannot discriminate against religious individuals. Well, as we all know, the Constitution and RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) have been in place for the entire Obama administration, yet he is still able to get away with anti-religious bigotry edicts by claiming they don’t interfere with religious beliefs.
To begin with, this entire spending bill was something that should never have come to the floor. It increased spending and retained a number of green energy programs for a department that shouldn’t even exist.
Now that leadership has loaded this already sub-par spending bill with transgenderism, conservatives should vote against final passage on Thursday. It’s bad enough that a Republican House cannot be used as a tool to go on offense against cultural Marxism and anti-religious-liberty initiatives. To pass a bill placing an exclamation mark on that agenda is unforgivable.
Via: Conservative Review
Here is the list of Republicans who voted to assist Obama in his fundamental transformation of America:
Amash (MI)Brooks (IN)Coffman (CO)Costello (PA)Curbelo (FL)Davis, Rodney (IL)Denham (CADent (PA)Diaz-Balara (FL)Dold (IL)Donovan (NY)Emmer (MN)Fitzpatrick (PA)Frelinghuysen (NJ)Gibson (NY)Heck (NV)Hurd (TX)Issa (CA)Jolly (FL)Katko (NY)Kinzinger (IL)Lance( NJ)
LoBiondo (NJ)MacArthur (NJ)McSally (AZ)Meehan (PA)Messer (IN)Paulsen (MN)Poliquin (ME)
Reed (NY)Reichert (WA)Renacci (OH)Rooney (FL)Ros-Lehtinen (FL)Shims (IL)Stefanik (NY)Upton (MI)Valadao (CA)Walden (OR)Walters, Mimi (CA)Young (IA)Young (IN)Zelda (NY)