HOUSE VOTES TO BAIL OUT PUERTO RICO

Pro-bailout Wisconsin Republicans include all Republicans in the Wisconsin delegation. They are shown below in bold.

By: CR Staff | June 10, 2016

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On Thursday, June 9th, the House of Representatives passed the Puerto Rico bailout bill 297 – 127. In total, 139 Republicans supported the bill, with 103 opposing.  The bill passed with Democrat votes (158 in favor), and was nearly without any conservative support.

What this bill represents should worry every voter.

The legislation first establishes a fiscal oversight board. This board will be created by Washington and will have near imperial powers over the island’s governance, particularly its finances (yes, these Washington bureaucrats can raise taxes on Puerto Rico by fiat).

Equally as troubling, the bill allows the Oversight Board to restructure the island’s debt without the consent of the creditors.  In other words, the bill provides Puerto Rico with bankruptcy-like powers that have otherwise been found unconstitutional.

Make no mistake about it, the ability to restructure the debt is nothing less than a bailout. Instead of Puerto Rico declaring default or working with the creditors, the oversight board will be able to implement legally unbounded decisions to force payment cuts upon creditors.

But it gets worse. The bill also allows for “transparent” cronyism.  As we explained, the oversight board receives no funding from Congress, nor do the board members receive pay.  Instead, it is expected to operate on payments from Puerto Rico – the same government that is completely broke.  Without the financial assistance from Puerto Rico, the oversight board will be permitted to accept gifts. Yes, the board that will have near imperial powers over the island’s bonds, contracts, and pension may accept publicly provided gifts (bribes?) from the very people they will impact.

When the debt restructurings fall apart, or Puerto Rico begins to default (they owe $80,000 per household and further default is likely), or the island falls deeper into poverty, the onus of these problems will be on Washington.  The bill is a symbolic shift from a fiscal mess on the shoulders of Puerto Rico, to one on Washington.  When the going gets tough, Congress will open their wallets – they always do.

How did your member of Congress vote?

– See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/06/house-votes-to-bailout-puerto-rico#sthash.8vmXhs28.dpuf

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 288

(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)
H R 5278      RECORDED VOTE      9-Jun-2016      6:20 PM
QUESTION:  On Passage
BILL TITLE: Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA)

— AYES    297 —

 

Adams
Aguilar
Amodei
Barton
Bass
Beatty
Benishek
Bera
Beyer
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (MI)
Bishop (UT)
Blumenauer
Bonamici
Bost
Brady (TX)
Brooks (IN)
Brown (FL)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Bucshon
Bustos
Butterfield
Byrne
Calvert
Capps
Capuano
Cárdenas
Carney
Carson (IN)
Carter (GA)
Cartwright
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Chabot
Chaffetz
Chu, Judy
Cicilline
Clark (MA)
Clarke (NY)
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coffman
Cohen
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Comstock
Conaway
Connolly
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Costello (PA)
Courtney
Cramer
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cuellar
Culberson
Cummings
Curbelo (FL)
Davis (CA)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delaney
DeLauro
DelBene
Denham
Dent
DeSaulnier
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dingell
Doggett
Dold
Donovan
Doyle, Michael F.
Duckworth
Duffy
Duncan (TN)
Edwards
Ellison
Engel
Eshoo
Esty
Fitzpatrick
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx
Frankel (FL)
Frelinghuysen
Gabbard
Gallego
Garamendi
Garrett
Gibbs
Graham
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (LA)
Graves (MO)
Grayson
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffith
Grijalva
Grothman
Guthrie
Hahn
Hanna
Harper
Harris
Heck (WA)
Hensarling
Higgins
Hill
Himes
Honda
Hoyer
Huffman
Huizenga (MI)
Hunter
Hurd (TX)
Hurt (VA)
Israel
Jackson Lee
Jeffries
Jenkins (KS)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, E. B.
Jolly
Kaptur
Katko
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kennedy
Kildee
Kilmer
Kind
King (NY)
Kinzinger (IL)
Kirkpatrick
Kline
Kuster
Labrador
LaHood
LaMalfa
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Latta
Lawrence
Lee
Levin
Lewis
Lipinski
Loebsack
Lofgren
Loudermilk
Love
Lowenthal
Lowey
Lucas
Lujan Grisham (NM)
Luján, Ben Ray (NM)
Lummis
MacArthur
Maloney, Carolyn
Maloney, Sean
Marchant
Matsui
McCarthy
McCaul
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McHenry
McKinley
McNerney
McSally
Meeks
Meng
Moolenaar
Moore
Moulton
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Noem
Nugent
Nunes
O’Rourke
Pallone
Pascrell
Paulsen
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters
Pingree
Pittenger
Pitts
Pocan
Polis
Posey
Price (NC)
Price, Tom
Quigley
Rangel
Reichert
Ribble
Rice (NY)
Rice (SC)
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (KY)
Rokita
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Rothfus
Roybal-Allard
Royce
Ruiz
Ruppersberger
Russell
Ryan (WI)
Salmon
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Scalise
Schiff
Schrader
Schweikert
Scott (VA)
Scott, Austin
Scott, David
Sensenbrenner
Serrano
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Sherman
Shimkus
Simpson
Sinema
Slaughter
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (WA)
Stefanik
Stewart
Stivers
Stutzman
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tipton
Titus
Tonko
Trott
Tsongas
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Van Hollen
Veasey
Velázquez
Visclosky
Wagner
Walden
Walker
Walorski
Walters, Mimi
Watson Coleman
Webster (FL)
Welch
Wenstrup
Westerman
Whitfield
Williams
Wilson (FL)
Wilson (SC)
Womack
Woodall
Yarmuth
Young (AK)
Young (IA)
Young (IN)
Zinke

 

—- NOES    127 —

 

Abraham
Aderholt
Allen
Amash
Ashford
Babin
Barr
Becerra
Bilirakis
Black
Blackburn
Blum
Boustany
Boyle, Brendan F.
Brady (PA)
Brat
Bridenstine
Brooks (AL)
Buck
Burgess
Carter (TX)
Clawson (FL)
Cook
Crawford
Davidson
Davis, Danny
Davis, Rodney
DeSantis
DesJarlais
Duncan (SC)
Ellmers (NC)
Emmer (MN)
Farenthold
Fattah
Fleischmann
Fleming
Flores
Forbes
Franks (AZ)
Fudge
Gibson
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Gosar
Gowdy
Guinta
Gutiérrez
Hartzler
Hastings
Heck (NV)
Hice, Jody B.
Holding
Hudson
Huelskamp
Hultgren
Issa
Jenkins (WV)
Johnson, Sam
Jones
Jordan
Joyce
Kelly (MS)
Kelly (PA)
King (IA)
Knight
Lamborn
Lance
LoBiondo
Long
Lynch
Marino
Massie
McClintock
McMorris Rodgers
Meadows
Meehan
Messer
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Mooney (WV)
Mullin
Mulvaney
Neugebauer
Newhouse
Nolan
Norcross
Olson
Palazzo
Palmer
Pearce
Perry
Peterson
Poe (TX)
Poliquin
Pompeo
Ratcliffe
Reed
Renacci
Richmond
Rigell
Rogers (AL)
Rohrabacher
Rooney (FL)
Rouzer
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sanford
Schakowsky
Shuster
Smith (MO)
Smith (TX)
Speier
Tiberi
Torres
Vargas
Vela
Walberg
Walz
Wasserman Schultz
Waters, Maxine
Weber (TX)
Westmoreland
Wittman
Yoder
Yoho
Zeldin

 

—- NOT VOTING    11 —

 

Barletta
Farr
Fincher
Hardy
Herrera Beutler
Hinojosa
Lieu, Ted
Luetkemeyer
Payne
Sires
Takai

 

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