The Republican Super Congress Picks are in – More of the same

August 10, 2011 in News

The Republican leadership of both the House and Senate has made its Super Congress selections — and, not surprisingly, it appears to be more of the same.  Every member chosen so far, from both parties, has a poor record on civil liberties.  Of those selected, every member in office at the time of the banker bailouts, with the exception of Jeb Hensarling (TX), voted in its favor.

The one Super Member that stands out in this mix, so far, is Tea Party Republican Pat Toomey.  He is the only member to be chosen that voted against the Budget Control Act – the legislation that actually created the high council on which he will now sit.

With Nancy Pelosi’s House selections pending, here is the Super Congress as it stands (with voting records):

 

The Republican Super Congress Members

House Speaker John Boener’s picks:

Dave Camp (MI): Voted for Patriot Act (2001), and reauthorization (2006). Voted for TARP (2008)

Fred Upton (MI): Voted for Patriot Act (2001), and reauthorization (2006). Voted for TARP (2008)

Jeb Hensarling (TX): (Elected 2002) Voted for Patriot Act reauthorization (2006), Voted against TARP (2008)

 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s picks:

Jon Kyl (AZ): Voted for Patriot Act (2001), and reauthorization (2006). Voted for TARP (2008)

Rob Portman (OH): Elected to Senate 2010 (7% rating by ACLU)

Pat Toomey (PA):  Elected to Senate 2010 (13% rating by ACLU)

 

The Democrat Super Congress Members

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s picks:

John Kerry (MA): Voted for Patriot Act (2001), and reauthorization (2006). Voted for TARP (2008)

Max Baucus (MT): Voted for Patriot Act (2001), and reauthorization (2006). Voted for TARP (2008)

Patty Murray (WA): Voted for Patriot Act (2001), against reauthorization (2006). Voted for TARP (2008)