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So, as you've likely already read, Congress moved forward to undo one of the few parts of sequestration that actually affect them and their donors:  the flight delays resultant from the furloughs of air traffic controllers.  

But, never fear, campaign donors!  Don't shed a tear, WaPo editorial board! Congress has your back.

Last night, the Senate passed--through unanimous consent--the repeal of this inconvenience, one of many stemming from sequestration--which, through the Budget Control Act of 2011, was passed by majorities of the House Republicans, Senate Republicans, and Senate Democrats as well as half the House Democrats--and then signed by the President.

Today, quickly moving forward to hasten their return home, the House voted as well to rearrange some funds to make all of the delays go away. The final vote was 361-41.

"Wait," you pause to reflect.  "What about the children in Head Start or those who receive school lunches?  The low-income folks who receive housing vouchers?  The seniors who receive lunches from Meals on Wheels?  The cancer patients who are being turned away from health centers because of the spending cuts?"  Don't worry!  They won't have to suffer flight delays either!  

So, who are the 41 Representatives who voted against this sequestration cop-out?  29 Democrats and 12 Republicans.

The Democrats:
Mike Thompson (CA-5)
Doris Matsui (CA-6)
Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Hank Johnson (GA-4)
Robin Kelly (IL-2)
Peter Visclosky (IN-1)
Jim McGovern (MA-2)
John Sarbanes (MD-3)
Donna Edwards (MD-4)
Steny Hoyer (MD-5)
Chris Van Hollen (MD-8)
Chellie Pingree (ME-1)
Daniel Kildee (MI-5)
Sander Levin (MI-9)
John Dingell (MI-12)
John Conyers (MI-13)
Timothy Walz (MN-1)
Keith Ellison (MN-5)
Richard Nolan (MN-8)
Nydia Velazquez (NY-7)
Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8)
Yvette Clarke (NY-9)
Joseph Crowley (NY-14)
Jose Serrano (NY-15)
Marcia Fudge (OH-11)
Peter Welch (VT-AL)
Jim McDermott (WA-7)
Mark Pocan (WI-2)

The Republicans
Thomas Massie (KY-4)
Justin Amash (MI-3)
Billy Long (MO-7)
Steven Palazzo (MS-4)
Brad Wenstrup (OH-2)
Jim Jordan (OH-4)
Joe Wilson (SC-2)
Jeff Duncan (SC-3)
Mark Mulvaney (SC-5)
Scott DesJarlais (TN-4)
Stephen Fincher (TN-8)
Pete Olson (TX-22)

Lest you get angry at your Rep for no good reason, here's a list of those who weren't there ("no vote"):

Ds: Jared Huffman (CA-2), George Miller (CA-11), Mike Honda (CA-17), Henry Waxman (CA-33), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Jared Polis (CO-2), John Carney (DE-AL), William Enyart (IL-12), Ed Markey (MA-5), Stephen Lynch (MA-8), Charles Rangel (NY-13), Joyce Beatty (OH-3), Adam Smith (WA-9)

Rs: Trey Radel (FL-19), Jacki Walorski (IN-2), Todd Young (IN-9), Walter Jones (NC-3), Howard Coble (NC-6), Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2), Joe Barton (TX-6), Kevin Brady (TX-8), Michael Conaway (TX-11), Kay Granger (TX-12), Bill Flores (TX-17), Kenny Marchant (TX-24), Roger Williams (TX-25), Michael Burgess (TX-26), John Carter (TX-31), Pete Sessions (TX-32), Randy Forbes (VA-4)

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  •  It was a massive cop-out. (16+ / 0-)

    When I sat in Reagan Monday morning at about 5:15AM, having arrived early to slip through security early, I KNEW this would get a response from Congress.

    Because only the 2% matter.

    Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

    by Words In Action on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 05:02:30 PM PDT

  •  I'm so proud that all five of Oregon's congress (5+ / 0-)

    critters voted in favor of protecting their own self interests, because who wants such stellar reps inconvenienced by flight delays!  They all certainly have their priorities straight.

    Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. Carl Sagan

    by sjburnman on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 05:10:29 PM PDT

  •  Looks like most of TX had already (1+ / 0-)
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    flown home!  Of course they did.

    If you want to know the real answer: Just ask a Mom.

    by tacklelady on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 05:15:35 PM PDT

  •  Keith Ellison voted against it (17+ / 0-)

    and once again, I am proud he represents me.

    The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion. Molly Ivins

    by MufsMom on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 05:15:44 PM PDT

    •  Good for him! and the next time someone (5+ / 0-)

      tries to claim that this is a "Christian" nation, remind them that the Muslim was one of the few that truly voted in a Christ like manner!  Of course, the Koran and the Torah and just plain decent secularism, ie, the golden rule  also voted against this kowtow to the god of mammon, but the so called 'Christians' went for it whole hog!

      (I have heard a few Dem congress critters saying that they voted for it to prevent hardship for the furloughed people, well I say, no! I  demand, get back in there and make everyone vote for those other furloughed workers, who do meals on wheels and administer cancer care etc )

      Give your heart a real workout! Love your enemies!

      by moonbatlulu on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 05:28:51 PM PDT

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  •  The most Dem "no" votes by State (4+ / 0-)

    NY leads with 5, CA, MD, and MI have 4 each. Together, these four States provided 17 of the 29 Dem "no" votes.

    Anyone want to opine why these four States lead the pack?

    I'm just glad my Representative is on the list.

    Eradicate magical thinking

    by Zinman on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 06:20:20 PM PDT

    •  Maybe the Maryland ones don't need to fly (2+ / 0-)
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      as much as the others, so they're less affected personally?  As someone who lives in Maryland, that was my first thought.  

      And my second thought was to wonder why my Congressman, Elijah Cummings, didn't oppose the bill.  He's one of the more progressive members of Congress on most issues.

    •  MD, because they have constituents facing furlough (1+ / 0-)
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      A lot of federal money is spent in MD and a lot of federal employees live in MD. not too many controllers.

      Full repeal of the sequester is their main aim.

  •  Yay, Mark Pocan (WI-2)! (9+ / 0-)

    He's my new rep----replaces Tammy Baldwin who won Herb Kohl's old Senate seat.  I'm on his e-mail list and I am liking what I'm hearing from him.  

    "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." - from the prophet Jeremiah

    by 3goldens on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 06:23:35 PM PDT

  •  Who Voted For What In The Senate? (1+ / 0-)
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    Is there a website that will send an instant email with user selected Senators and Reps vote on every bill voted on in the House and Senate?

    Anyone know?

    If there isn't one, seems a possible opportunity to set one up.

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 06:43:11 PM PDT

  •  I think I disagree with the logic of your argument (3+ / 0-)
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    FYI: I am a NOAA employee and we got our furlough notices last week...
    I celebrate that congress was able to fix a small portion of the whole sequestration snafu by returning flight controllers to work. It is a small step forward in fixing this mess.

    I just don't understand the logic of your diary-- it seems to imply that because there are a lot of people unjustly affected by sequestration my representative needs to hold back their vote until it is fixed in entirety, otherwise everyone should be made to suffer---

    To me, this is the logic of hostage taking, not of reason.

    I absolutely agree that we should cry out to make things like meals for school kids, housing vouchers, and meals on wheels politically important to our representatives, but that doesn't mean that my rep. should not embrace any opportunity to undo some of the bad that has come from this sequestration.

    Flight delays from the sequester are not trivial in human or economic terms as they hurt both rich and poor alike and have a much greater effect than whether or not a congressional rep. can get home.

    I am glad my reps all voted to step back at least one part of this horrid sequestration and I do not accept the argument that in doing so, they are abandoning concern for all the other horrid aspects of it.

    You can go almost anywhere you want if you just keep walking

    by tharu1 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 07:23:53 PM PDT

    •  What you are apparently missing in this action (5+ / 0-)

      by the Congress - is that of all the issues up for debate and discussion regarding Sequester Cuts...

      Headstart, early childhood education which has been proven to change statistics on how well children do throughout their K-12 years...

      Federal extended Unemployment benefits for those still looking for work during the tailend of the worst Recession since the Great Depression...

      two items which affect tens of millions of American families - of the many at risk under Sequester Cuts - and yet the issue which Congress choose to address first in regards to the Sequester Cuts was: air control to alleviate delayed flights for those who use airplane flights for travel.

      Listen, I hear you when you say you are glad someone whose work is needed is going back to work. I agree that, in and of itself, is a good thing.

      But to be happy that Congress and the President (if he signed it already) have chosen this to get all bipartisan with the Republicans over?

      Here's how I really feel about it:


      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

      by Angie in WA State on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 10:02:55 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the response Angie (2+ / 0-)
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        I miss many things, but yes, I am aware of all the horrible effects that you listed ...
        -To me, shortening the hostage list of groups affected by sequestration by the republicans is a step towards the common good, and celebrating when some folks are freed doesn't imply that you want or accept that congress continues to hold others hostage (e.g.,headstart and extended Unemployment Insurance payments).

        When a hostage taker says, "hey, I'll let these guys go"... you don't say,"you bastard how dare you hold all the other guys!"
         You say, "sure set those guys free!"... and we will continue to lobby for the others in the continued struggle that we may be able to free them.

        I get the feeling we are on the same side of this issue, but have opposite perspectives on how it should be played out..
        yours in peace--

        You can go almost anywhere you want if you just keep walking

        by tharu1 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 11:13:55 PM PDT

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        •  No, saving only the hostages that Rs care about (5+ / 0-)

          Won't make them more likely to save the hostages they want to shoot. All this did was embolden the Republicans to keep making "commonsense(tm)" proposals to concentrate the sequester pain on disadvantaged (lobbyist free) groups.

          •  As I see it, this sets a precedent... (0+ / 0-)

            As I see it, this vote sets the precedent for the repeal of the defense portion of sequestration.  We already know that Obama hates the defense cuts:  He criticized the Simpson-Bowles plan not for its gutting of the welfare state, but for its trimming of the warfare state.  I'm sure that you have enough conservative Democrats to go along with the Republicans to repeal the defense portion of sequestration and, rather than replace it with more cuts to the poor, simply replace it with nothing.  And Republicans can continue to do just that---figure out what pieces of sequestration they want repealed (because the WaPo and WSJ editorial boards will want the same), drum up some political pressure, and the Democrats will all cave.

    •  I made this point in a similar diary yesterday. (0+ / 0-)

      It seems like a lot of Kossacks are under the impression that only the 1% fly.  

  •  Thanks. I was wondering how the vote went. (3+ / 0-)
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    I hope fixing one part of the sequester leads to fixing more of it.

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 08:31:17 PM PDT

  •  Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) was on (3+ / 0-)

    All In with Chris Hayes tonight

    Jeffries pointed out that the Democrats in the Senate could have at least asked that cuts in Headstart or Meals on Wheels also be rescinded but they didn't

    this FAA deal makes sequester pain less random and more targeted...........wtf

    ''A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.'' FDR

    by lostinamerica on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 08:36:18 PM PDT

    •  The sequester wasn't recinded for the FAA (1+ / 0-)
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      they just allowed some budget flexibility. The FAA still has to absorb the cuts.

      If the Dems had tried to expand the bill it wouldn't have passed. With summer travel fast approaching there was no way the public was going to blame this all on the  GOP. The President and Dems were going to be in the mix. As a frequent flier I am glad this is being fixed. Timely air travel is an important part of our economy.  

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 10:42:11 PM PDT

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      •  Children being fed and cancer care are also (3+ / 0-)

        important, I might even say MORE important than slow travel. No one was saying that slower travel was less safe, as a matter of fact that was the reason for the slow down, to keep the system safe.

        So we now have a protected class, the air traveling public, that is more worthy than the poor or hungry, and should bear no pain.

      •  VCliB i am so glad you are a frequent flyer (0+ / 0-)

        who will not be inconvenienced by the sequester

        oh and thanks for your um correction

        rescind was probably a poor choice of wording but i at least spelled it right...............wtf

        Definition of RESCIND
        1: to take away : remove
        2a : take back, cancel b : to abrogate (a contract) and restore the parties to the positions they would have occupied had there been no contract
        3: to make void (as an act) by action of the enacting authority or a superior authority : repeal
        — re·scind·er noun
        — re·scind·ment -ˈsin(d)-mənt\ noun
        http://www.merriam-webster.com/...

        ''A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.'' FDR

        by lostinamerica on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:29:05 PM PDT

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  •  It's Cherry Picking.....Plain & Simple! (6+ / 0-)

    Rich Republican Senators had to wait 60 minutes for their DC shuttle.  Can't have that folks.  It was inconvenient for them plus some of their constituents w/ delayed or cancelled flights had to wait & called their senator's office to complain.  The FAA sequestration cuts went into effect on Monday, by Thursday it was fixed.  Money was transferred from one fund to another.

    So.....why is it NOT OK for Senators to wait on line for 60 minutes for their precious flight, but Medicare cancer patients can wait for life saving chemo?  And why is it not OK for rich senators to wait on line 60 minutes for their shuttle but little kids have to enter a lottery & only the very lucky get Head Start while the others are excluded?

    Why is it OK for poor seniors to have their Meals On Wheels program cut while wealthy senators fly out on time?  

    It's not OK.  It's a cave of colossal portion.  Not OK at all.  These cuts were supposed to be across the board.  

    Cherry picking w/ the poor getting the shaft from Congress once again.  

  •  President Obama (0+ / 0-)

    Please just veto this change. The FAA may be hostages but to allow a partial solution is wrong. Solve cancer treatment and Headstart 1st and then airport delays.

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