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Remember that letter you signed?

Posted by Kristina Rasmussen - November 16, 2007

Yesterday the House sustained the President’s veto of the Labor-HHS appropriations by a vote of 277 to 141. No Democrats voted in favor of the veto, while 51 Republicans voted against the veto.

Interestingly, 15 of those Republicans had signed a letter to the President that said:
“Should you veto an FY 2008 appropriations bill because it would contribute to an overall spending level that exceeds your budget request, we will vote to sustain that veto.”
The Labor-HHS spending bill did exceed the President’s request by $10 billion.

Republicans who voted with the President (minus freshman) received an average score of 64 percent in last year's rating, or a "B."

Republicans who went back on their word and vote for the bloated spending bill include:

Judy Biggert (IL)
Vern Buchanan (FL)
Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL)
Mario Diaz-Balart (FL)
Phil English (PA)
Wayne Gilchrest (MD)
Ric Keller (FL)
Steve LaTourette (OH)
Chip Pickering (MS)
Jon Porter (NV)
Tom Reynolds (NY)
Mike Rogers (AL)
Chris Shays (CT)
Greg Walden (OR)
Ed Whitfield (KY)

As you consider their decision, remember that this bill (in its final conference form) contained 2,246 earmarks worth $1.05 billion. When it started out, it had 1,297 earmarks worth $576 million in the House, and 1,012 earmarks worth $746 million in the Senate.

By way of comparison, the 14 Members (Buchanan is a freshman) who violated their pledge scored an average of 51 percent or a “C” in the latest NTU Rates Congress. The remaining Republicans (Bilirakis is a freshman) voting for the bill had an average score of 49 percent, or a "C-." We would have hoped they would have used this opportunity to better their scores.

Update
Kudos to those Member who didn't sign the letter but voted against the spending anyway:
Aderholt
Barton
Broun
Brown-Waite
Burgess
Davis
Fossella
Goodlatte
Hastings
Hobson
Jones
Knollenberg
Moran
Petri
Renzi
Saxton
Thornberry

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