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Today, the House of Representatives voted for the flagrantly unconstitutional Northern Route Approval Act.  The act eliminates the need for TransCanada Corp., the company constructing the pipeline, to get a cross-border permit from the President, overriding executive authority and long-standing tradition.  Obama has said that he would veto the bill if it came to his desk. I've written about the danger of Keystone in past diaries; if you'd like a refresher, here's a good article on why you should oppose the pipeline.

The final vote was 241 to 175 with 19 Democrats voting with the Republican majority in favor of the pipeline. One Republican---Justin Amash (MI-03)--simply voted present.  He explained his vote in a later tweet:

Keystone bill violated Rule of Law by exempting one entity from laws every similar entity must follow. I favor general dereg, not privilege.
Who were those 19 Democrats?

John Barrow (GA-12)
Sanford Bishop (GA-02)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
William Enyart (IL-12)
Al Green (TX-09)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)
Sean Maloney (NY-12)
Jim Matheson (UT-04)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
William Owens (NY-21)
Colin Peterson (MN-07)
Terri Sewell (AL-07)
Filemon Vela (TX-34)
John Yarmuth (KY-03)

The Democrats offered nine amendments that the GOP allowed to go to a vote.  I would like to highlight the two that I find to be most important.

First of all, Rush Holt (D-NJ) offered an amendment that would require that all oil transported by the pipeline be used within the United States.  Basically, he is trying to call the bluff of the Republicans and conservaDems who argue that the pipeline would make the U.S. more energy independent rather than just allow Canada a route to export the oil abroad.

The Holt amendment failed 162 to 255.  3 Republicans voted for it, and 36 Democrats opposed it.

10 Representatives voted both for Keystone and for the Holt amendment.  That includes 7 Democrats....
John Barrow (GA-12)
Sanford Bishop (GA-02)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
William Enyart (IL-12)
Sean Maloney (NY-12)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
John Yarmuth (KY-03)

....and 3 Republicans:
Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
Chris Gibson (NY-19)

As noted above, 36 Democrats voted against the Holt amendment.  24 of them opposed the Keystone bill but voted against the Holt amendment.  I can understand the logic of those who voted for both, but I can't understand the logic of the Democrats who voted against both.  Nevertheless, here they are:

The 12 who voted for Keystone but against the Holt amendment, admitting that they are just shills for Big Oil:

Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Al Green (TX-09)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)
Jim Matheson (UT-04)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
William Owens (NY-21)
Colin Peterson (MN-07)
Terri Sewell (AL-07)
Filemon Vela (TX-34)

The 24 that Voted against Keystone and against the Holt amendment.  I frankly don't understand these people:

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
Bob Brady (PA-01) *Progressive Caucus member
André Carson (IN-07)
Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
John Dingell (MI-12)
Mike Doyle (PA-14)
Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)
Marcia Fudge (OH-11) *Progressive Caucus member
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
Jim Himes (CT-04)
Steven Horsford (NV-04)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) *Progressive Caucus member
Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) *Progressive Caucus member
Hank Johnson (GA-04) *Progressive Caucus member
Rick Larsen (WA-02)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04)
Gregory Meeks (NY-05)
Jared Polis (CO-02) *Progressive Caucus member
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Cedric Richmond (LA-02)
Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Kurt Schrader (OR-15)
Albio Sires (NJ-08)
Peter Visclosky (IN-01)
Timothy Walz (MN-01)

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) offered an amendment that provided evidence that the reliance on oil sands crude would increase greenhouse gas emissions and that would thus prevent the bill from taking effect until these emissions are offset.

Waxman's amendment likewise failed 146 to 269.  47 Democrats voted against this.

Three Democrats, strangely, voted for both Keystone and the Waxman amendment:
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Terri Sewell (AL-07)
John Yarmuth (KY-03)

The 16 other Keystone sell-outs voted against Waxman's amendment.   31 Democrats who didn't vote Keystone voted against Waxman's amendment, which just seems strange to me.  

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
Bob Brady (PA-01) *(Progressive Caucus member
André Carson (IN-07)
Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Joe Courtney (CT-02)
John Dingell (MI-12)
Mike Doyle (PA-14)
Tammy Duckworth (IL-08)
Chaka Fattah (PA-02) *Progressive Caucus Member
Bill Foster (IL-11)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
Denny Heck (WA-10) *Progressive Caucus Member
Steven Horsford (NV-04)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Derek Kilmer (WA-06)
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01)
Rick Larsen (WA-02)
Joe Larson (CT-01)
Daniel Lipinski (IL-03)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04)
Mike Michaud (ME-02)
Rick Nolan (MN-08) *Progressive Caucus Member
Bill Pascrell (NJ-09)
Ed Perlmutter (CO-07)
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Cedric Richmond (LA-02)
Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Brad Sherman (CA-30)
Mel Watt (NC-12) *Progressive Caucus Member
Timothy Walz (MN-01)

If you want to check out the roll call votes for the other amendments, such as those regarding oil spills and air pollution, you can find them here.


Addendum

I decided to look up past roll call votes for Keystone XL, and some of the votes I deemed strange are the votes of prior Keystone supporters---that explains it to some extent, I guess.

On July 26, 2011, the House of Representatives voted for Keystone XL 279 to 147, with 47 Democrats joining the Republicans in favor of it.  Then again as now, Justin Amash voted present.  

Thanks, I would assume, to the efforts of the activists who have been pushing legislators on this issue, 16 Democrats who supported Keystone back in 2011 now voted against it.

Bob Brady (PA-01) *Progressive Caucus member
Mike Doyle (PA-14)
Chaka Fattah (PA-02) *Progressive Caucus Member
Brian Higgins (NY-26)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) *Progressive Caucus member
Daniel Lipinski (IL-03)
Stephen Lynch (MA-08)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04)
Bill Pascrell (NJ-09)
Ed Perlmutter (CO-07)
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Cedric Richmond (LA-02)
Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02)
Albio Sires (NJ-08)
Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
Peter Visclosky (IN-01)

As a native Philadelphian, I find it ridiculous that Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah voted for Keystone back in 2011, especially since they tend to be more progressive than Allyson Schwartz, who has consistently voted against it.

Anyways, because, as we all know, money talks, here's a fun fact: the average supporter took 6 Times more From oil industry interests than the opponents.

Originally posted to Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:09 PM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Hawks.

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  •  Thanks. Kurt Schrader is a moderate, if that (0+ / 0-)

    helps.

    SOS - Save Our Sigs!

    by blueoregon on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:25:36 PM PDT

  •  It's Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)... (15+ / 0-)

    ...that NY's 18th District, which is my CD. If this guy goes any more corporatist, he might as well leave the freakin' party, period. People representing the Lower Hudson Valley in New York (regardless of their party affiliation) that don't support ecologically-minded legislation don't tend to last too long in office. The fact that this guy's also at the forefront of the Wall Street cheerleading movement made me question why I voted for him. Now, this tells me I'm going to really have to have my arm twisted to even consider voting for him next time around. So far, he's been EXTREMELY disappointing, IMHO.

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:26:13 PM PDT

    •  I know, I'm bummed too for having helped (4+ / 0-)
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      his campaign. Very disappointing.

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      by peregrine kate on Wed May 22, 2013 at 07:17:17 PM PDT

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    •  His opponent was an extreme teahadist incumbent (3+ / 0-)
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      ...one could justify a vote for a crash test dummy to defeat Nan Hayworth, but Maloney will hear from me.

      I'm in NY-20, Paul Tonko's district; he is very solid - I am pushing him to speak out more on energy, which he actually understands. He votes pretty consistently with the Progressive Caucus, though he reneged on a campaign pledge to join it.  

      Rec'd the diary BTW; it wiil be VERY useful to help guide contributions as we get closer to 2014.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Wed May 22, 2013 at 09:59:47 PM PDT

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  •  Collin Peterson (MN) (4+ / 0-)
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    Isn't a Democrat.  He just plays one in political ads.  He's just interested in being Collin Peterson and enjoying congressional office.

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    by Bollox Ref on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:31:50 PM PDT

  •  Some people speaketh out of both sides (2+ / 0-)
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    of their mouth.  Go "beyond politics" and attack the  money trail.  

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:46:13 PM PDT

  •  Jim Matheson (3+ / 0-)
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    Who is a faux democrat, but certainly better than Mia Love.

  •  WTF? John Yarmuth (D-KY) is a progressive (6+ / 0-)

    I'll call tomorrow to see why his odd votes on Keystone.  

  •  One reason to vote against the Holt amendment (4+ / 0-)
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    is pretty obvious: if one's complaint is that burning this oil is going to exterminate humanity, it doesn't really matter whether it's burned in the United States or in China, does it?  I don't blame Holt for playing politics, but neither do I blame any Keystone opponents who refused to do so.

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    by Seneca Doane on Wed May 22, 2013 at 07:20:20 PM PDT

  •  Extremely helpful breakdown. And the way (4+ / 0-)
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    the House shows who votes, (alphabetically, rather than by party, region, or anything else helpful), I know this was extra work.

    Time to pick up the phone...

    "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

    by Mogolori on Wed May 22, 2013 at 08:05:29 PM PDT

  •  My rep. is Derek Kilmer (WA - 6) (3+ / 0-)

    who voted against the Waxman amendment. Other than saying he's moderate to conservative and focused on business (particularly small business, if that helps), I can't explain his anti-Waxman amendment vote, either. I will ask him about it.

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    by Kitsap River on Wed May 22, 2013 at 08:25:07 PM PDT

  •  Anyone familiar with NC-07, raise your hand (2+ / 0-)
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    if McIntyre's complete and total collusion with the worst of the Republicans surprises you. No?

    The absolutely only thing McIntyre's good for is keeping the number of Republicans in the House down by one.

  •  They voted their districts, so why the surprise? (0+ / 0-)

    Yes that right, some people do not see Keystone as the "game over".

    I think it is time to stop pointing the finger at other people. Opponents failed to persuade enough people that this pipeline is as bad as most of us here at DK believe it to be.

    I believe this thing was a done deal the moment we let the Republicans sell the idea that it was going to create good jobs and help the country move away from Mid East oil.

    You know that is bullshit, I know that is bullshit, but our fellow citizens are not as engaged as we are and Republican voters don't believe much in climate change in the first place. The Republicans identified two huge concerns of the American people-jobs and energy independence- and offered Keystone. We countered with white papers and folks chaining themselves to stuff out in the heartland.

    So when these Dems vote their districts, it is not entirely their fault. It would be wonderful to have be served by self-sacrificing politicians, but we don't live in that world. They want to stay in office and believe their political survival isn't hurt by voting as they did.

    Time for us to adopt better strategies so that people equate our solutions with their immediate concerns. We can can sell jobs,true energy independence and national security. Whatever we do, it is time to realize that scaring people isn't working as well or as quickly as it should.

    The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

    by sebastianguy99 on Wed May 22, 2013 at 08:54:59 PM PDT

    •  Um, not exactly (2+ / 0-)

      the problem is that the people DON'T know how scary the prospect of increasingly destructive extreme weather actually is.  The corporate media filter it out.  

      IMHO, activists should put more energy into lobbying TV weathercasters - most voters more or less trust them on atmospheric science, but far too many believe their job is to avoid controversy rather than tell the truth.

      The American Meteorological Association only got around to issuing a statement on the reality of anthropogenic climate change in the last year or so, to their lasting disgrace, but better late than never.

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      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Wed May 22, 2013 at 10:11:02 PM PDT

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    •  Agree and Disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      I agree with your point that liberals bring a white paper to a battle with a talking point; however, I don't see this as "voting their district" necessarily.

      I can understand (although not approve of/agree with) their votes if their district would see direct benefits from the construction of the pipeline.  In the Senate, for instance, that would be folks like Heidi Heitkamp.  Although the pipeline will likely damage the environment there and cause property values around it to plummet, it will create some temporary jobs, and I can understand why they would want the short-term benefit.  It's the same for Mary Landrieu voting with oil and Joe Manchin voting with coal--in so far as it affects their states.

      However, if the district sees no short-term benefit, I don't really see it as "voting with their district.' The support for Keystone, to me, seems broad but shallow; most people, if asked by a pollster, will say that they support it, effectively because "more energy" sounds good to people.  But, when push comes to shove, they honestly don't care.  They won't follow it; they won't get upset if their representative votes against it.  The opposition to the pipeline, I would also assume, is smaller but more intensive.  Unlike with gun control, the money is on the side of the broad and shallow in this debate.

      However, legislators also merit praise for being in advance of their districts/states.  A great example of this would be Sherrod Browns' vote against DOMA in the 90s.

      I am amazed, though, how people so blindly lap up the claims of "energy independence," considering that Keystone is going to the Gulf for export, not domestic use.  I haven't analyzed media coverage of the issue, but I'm pretty sure the broadcast press and CNN parrot the industry position.

  •  The reason you're seeing some liberals (1+ / 0-)
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    Vote for it lies with the unions. There are five or six major unions pushing hard for the pipeline. Jobs for them are more important than whether or not their children have a planet to live on. That's the sad truth.

  •  My Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (0+ / 0-)

    is a "No Labels Congressional Problem Solver."  She voted with the DCCC Frontline positions 100 % of the time, and she is ranked 182 most progressive member of the 202 members of the Democratic caucus.  

    "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

    by Illinibeatle on Wed May 22, 2013 at 09:10:59 PM PDT

  •  Someone Needs to Primary Cooper! (2+ / 0-)

    He is in a very safe district. Shameful.

    And what the hell is Yarmuth thinking? He's supposed to be our lone progressive hero here in KY.

    OFA is out to attack seniors, veterans, and the disabled. A DKOS Troll told me so.

    by kefauver on Wed May 22, 2013 at 09:19:32 PM PDT

  •  Shocking! Bill Owens... (2+ / 0-)


    http://owens.house.gov/

    Just screams "DEMOCRAT" right? He's in my neighborhood too... blech

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:36:28 PM PDT

  •  Waxman is my rep, so I'll call him (2+ / 0-)

    and thank him tomorrow for at least trying to stop this monstrosity from happening.

    I was redistricted from CA-46 (Rohrabacher-(R)eally awful) to the 33rd with Waxman. I've already spoken to Waxman's Social Security policy rep regarding chained CPI and mentioned that though he has only recently become my rep, I'll be paying attention to how he votes and will make my voice heard.

    "An injury to one is an injury to all"

    by jhb90277 on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:46:52 PM PDT

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