In a test of loyalty to Nancy Pelosi vs their Constituents, The House of Representatives voted (Roll Call Votes 360 and 361) today on two amendments to the Justice Department appropriations bill which would have stripped funding to bring terrorists now held at Guantanamo to the Virginia or other states. Member Roll Call Votes 360 and 361 on the amendments and on the appropriation bill HR 2847 are shown below respectively. A no vote was a vote to defeat the amendment or the bill respectively. The final bill passed the House 259 to 157 on Roll Call Vote 408. RPV Chairman Pat Mullins reported on Rep. Perriello's votes in an email this evening stating:
Freshman Congressman Tom Perriello (D-5th District) today cast the deciding vote on a crucial measure, paving the way for the closure of the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (House Roll Call 360 and 361), thus risking the relocation of dangerous terrorists to United States soil.
“This is a vote of outrageous irresponsibility,” said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins. “Tom Perriello clearly felt he had to cave under the pressure of the White House and Nancy Pelosi. His actions have opened up the possibility that we will have terrorists moving into a prison in Virginia.”
Rep. Jerry Lewis offered an amendment to prohibit the funding of President Obama’s executive order to close the facility, but it failed by a vote of 212-216. After a subsequent vote, the count was 212-213. Perriello voted with Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow the funding, thereby clearing a path for detainees to be moved to U.S. territory.
The entire Virginia Republican delegation voted for the amendments to defund transfers and against the final bill except for Rep Wolf who voted for the final bill only.
All Virginia Democrats voted with Rep. Pelosi against the amendment except Rep Nye in support of funding transfer of terrorists from Guantanomo to Virginia, and all voted for passage of the bill.
Roll Call Votes 360, 361, 408
Wittman (R) (1st) Y Y N
Nye (D) (2nd) Y Y Y
Scott (D) (3rd) N N Y
Forbes (R) (4th) Y Y N
Perriello (D) (5th) N N Y
Goodlatte (R) (6th) Y Y N
Cantor (R) (7th) Y Y N
Moran (D) (8th) N N Y
Boucher (D) (9th) N N Y
Wolf (R) (10th) Y Y Y
Connolly (D) (11th) N N Y