The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to increase funding for the Pentagon’s war chest – with the support of 41 Democrats who broke ranks with their party leadership.
The new bill skirts spending limits approved in 2011 to get past a sequestration deadlock, according to The Hill, which reported:
Most of the Democrats who voted for it are vulnerable lawmakers who will be top GOP targets in the 2016 election cycle or serve on the House Armed Services Committee, which crafted the legislation.
Pelosi, though, said the defense authorization “perpetuates instability” and sets unrealistic funding for the Pentagon budget. She suggested the vote further demonstrated that a majority of Democrats could sustain a presidential veto of legislation adhering to the GOP budget framework.
Calling the military budget a “Republican gimmick,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office released a statement after the vote, saying, according to The Hill, “Democrats stand for a strong national defense, and today, our members sent a strong message in support of giving our men and women in uniform and our military overall the certainty they need, not Republican budget gimmicks.”
U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., was one of those who broke party ranks, presumably to avoid Republican attack ads targeting his 2016 U.S. Senate bid.
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., also voted with the GOP. An Iraq war veteran, she sits on the House Armed Forces Committee and is also planning a run for the U.S. Senate.
Here’s a full list of those Democrats who voted with the GOP Friday:
1. Pete Aguilar (Calif.)
2. Brad Ashford (Neb.)
3. Ami Bera (Calif.)
4. Julia Brownley (Calif.)
5. Cheri Bustos (Ill.)
6. Matt Cartwright (Pa.)
7. Lacy Clay (Mo.)
8. Jim Cooper (Tenn.)
9. Jim Costa (Calif.)
10. Joe Courtney (Conn.)
11. Henry Cuellar (Texas)
12. Susan Davis (Calif.)
13. John Delaney (Md.)
14. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.)
15. Elizabeth Esty (Conn.)
16. Bill Foster (Ill.)
17. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii)
18. Gwen Graham (Fla.)
19. Denny Heck (Wash.)
20. Derek Kilmer (Wash.)
21. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.)
22. Jim Langevin (R.I.)
23. Rick Larsen (Wash.)
24. John Larson (Conn.)
25. Daniel Lipinski (Ill.)
26. David Loebsack (Iowa)
27. Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.)
28. Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.)
29. Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.)
30. Patrick Murphy (Fla.)
31. Donald Norcross (N.J.)
32. Beto O’Rourke (Texas)
33. Scott Peters (Calif.)
34. Collin Peterson (Minn.)
35. Kathleen Rice (N.Y.)
36. Raul Ruiz (Calif.)
37. Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.)
38. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.)
39. Mark Takai (Hawaii)
40. Marc Veasey (Texas)
41. Tim Walz (Minn.)
After The Hill’s report, Twitter users had plenty to say, including:
@thehill Wonder how Pelosi took it? She probably cried for hours
— Thompson (@airassault88m2) May 16, 2015
@thehill the old grey bitch, she ain’t what she used to be many long years ago.
— Joe Hanlon (@1Ninefingers) May 16, 2015
@thehill National defense is always number 1 Pelosi needs to be voted out as a rubber stamp for the left.
— Mike Brittain (@mikebrittain8) May 16, 2015
One offered a congratulatory note:
@thehill @HouseFloor cheers to the 41 democrats that supported the defense bill. We are going to need military to fight radicals in USA.
— margaret (@Maggiestoneham) May 16, 2015
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