The Tenth Amendment Center and its Texas Chapter have often advocated to just ignore Washington D.C and focus more of our efforts on the state and local levels. However, we would be remiss not to acknowledge that there are some our representatives actually do take their Constitutional Oaths seriously.
Representative Justin Amash is one such individual. He recently introduced an amendment to a bill that would cut funding to the NSA for their spying on Americans programs. Sadly, his amendment lost by a very close margin. However the unique thing about the vote, it wasn’t the typical vote among party lines that is so common in Washington these days. Both parties were heavily divided on issue among themselves. The simplest way to describe the outcome was the civil liberty wing of the Democrat Party joined forces with the libertarian wing of the Republicans against the establishment leaders of both parties.
There is an understanding that on certain issues that both the major parties will not agree. However, this NSA Spying issue like the NDAA are ones that do cross party lines and should concern everyone especially since they are clear violations of our rights.
What about our Texas Representatives?
Twenty-four Republicans and twelve Democrats compose the thirty-six members of the Texas Congressional Delegation. However, the vote among the Texans wasn’t as close as on the federal level, but it was just as bipolar. There were fourteen votes in support of the Amash Amendment and twenty-two opposed.
Historically, the Republicans have often preached about the importance of defending our security and are willing to sacrifice some of our liberties in doing so. The Texas Republican party vote was ten in favor to fourteen oppose. However, the Democrat Party who always championed defending our civil liberties voted four in favor and eight opposed. So twice the number of Democrats voted against it than for it, and by sheer numbers, more Republicans voted in support of the Amash Amendment than Democrats who opposed it by a slim margin.
Here is a list of the Texas Congressional Representatives both Democrat and Republican who voted against the Amash Amendment and their telephone numbers so you can call them and express your displeasure in how they are representing the great state of Texas:
|Congressional Representative||Party||Yes||No||Phone Number|
|Louie Gohmert, Jr.||R||X|
|John Culberson||R||X||(202) 225-2571|
|Sam Johnson||R||X||(202) 225-4201|
|Al Green||D||X||(202) 225-7508|
|Michael McCaul||R||X||(202) 225-2401|
|Michael Conaway||R||X||(202) 225-3605|
|Kay Granger||R||X||(202) 225-5071|
|Mac Thornberry||R||X||(202) 225-3486|
|Ruben Hinojosa||D||X||(202) 225-2531|
|Bill Flores||R||X||(202) 225-6105|
|Sheila Jackson Lee||D||X||(202) 225-3816|
|Randy Neugegauer||R||X||(202) 225-4005|
|Joaquin Castro||D||X||(202) 225-3236|
|Lamar Smith||R||X||(202) 225-4236|
|Pete Olson||R||X||(202) 225-5951|
|Pete Gallego||D||X||(202) 225-4511|
|Henry Cuellar||D||X||(202) 225-1640|
|Eddie Johnson||D||X||(202) 225-8885|
|John Carter||R||X||(202) 225-3864|
|Pete Sessions||R||X||(202) 225-2231|
|Marc Veasey||D||X||(202) 225-9897|
John Lambert is the State Chapter Coordinator for the Texas Tenth Amendment Center.
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