House Judiciary Passes HR822

HR 822

HR 822 has passed out of the house Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-11. This looks like a party line vote.

The yes votes were Lamar Smith, James Sensenbrenner, Howard Coble, Robert Goodlatte, Steve Chabot, Darrell Issa, Randy Forbes, Steve King, Trent Franks, Jim Jordan, Ted Poe, Jason Chaffetz, Tim Griffin, Tom Marino, Trey Gowdy, Dennis Ross, Sandy Adams, Ben Quayle, and Mark Amodei.

No Votes were Dan Lungren, John Conyers, Howard Berman, Jerrold Nadler, Robert Scott, Maxine Waters, Steve Cohen, Hank Johnson, Pedro Pierluisi, Mike Quigley, and Judy Chu

Republicans that were not present were Elton Gallegly, Mike Pence, and Louie Gohmert.

We’re asking all readers who have an account on Twitter to please tweet some thank kudos to the yes voters on HR822. This is something Congress Critters notice, and it shows them we’re paying attention to what they are doing. We’re pleased to report the number of yes votes is too large to fit into one 140 character Tweet, so we had to break them up.

  • Click here to thank @LamarSmithTX21, @RpSensenbrenner, @HowardCoble, @RepGoodlatte.
  • Click here to thank @SteveChabot, @DarrellIssa, @Randy_Forbes, @SteveKingIA, @RepTrentFranks.
  • Click here to thank @Jim_Jordan,  @JudgeTedPoe, @jasoninthehouse, @griffincongress.
  • Click here to thank @RepTomMarino,  @TGowdySC, @RepDennisRoss, @SandyAdams4FL24.
  • Click here to thank @benquayle, @RepMarkAmodei.

24 thoughts on “House Judiciary Passes HR822”

  1. If anyone is wondering whether it is worth it to click those links – lawmakers are definitely listening! Even better, Brady stole our tweet listing & is trying to convince people to RT them to spread “shame.” It’s pretty funny.

    1. Dan Lungren is a self-aggrandizing/self-enriching RHINO from Sacramento who’s most interested in securing his place at the feed-trough among the other slop-hogs and his status as a “Republican” merely ensures he has a place there where the deals get made.
      As a CA quasi-republican he positions are moslty indistinguishable from a Democrat – especially in terms of the 2nd Amendment – that is whichever way the wind or Party blows.

  2. Great news, but remember this goes nowhere until the Senate moves. That is where the action lies.

    Not sure they got the juice this time around.

    1. Even if it doesn’t this has gone from one of those silly throw-away bills the the wave makers would throw out just to boost their 2A standing (much like the bills to end the Electoral college, or ban Abortion federally are thrown out every year)

      To a serious, and increasingly popular movement. If it fails this year, there will be next year, and if trends continue eventually we’ll get it.

  3. I’m not going to get too down and out that this is only a House Committee with you guys. Where do you think likely candidates for the Senate come from? Even if we can’t make it happen this year, having so many on our side at a time like this still matters.

  4. This is a more legally-conservative bill than the one that got 58 yea votes last time around, all of whom are still in Congress while some of the Nay votes got tossed for better Senators.

    I don’t think we have enough for a veto override, nor is this something that should be used as a bargaining chip for more porkulus, but…

      1. Well, I am enjoying some of that smooth smooth porkulus-bought paving on US22; where the mad paver what paves at midnight went through

  5. I’m not down on the vote, but also know that the sponsors were not pushing the bill at this time. House leadership did – at the insistence of certain parties – and it was not entirely coordinated with the Senate. Perhaps no harm was done, but this was supposed to move when the Senate was ready. And they were close (cannot score this today because I have not checked on it for a few weeks).

    If this passes the House it will go to the Senate as a bill, where it will be lost. The original idea was to let the Senate put up an amendment to another bill (they have tried) and then let the House vote in favor of that Senate amendment. In such a scenario, H.R. 822 does not actually “pass” but is included as a hanger on another piece of legislation.

    The Congress cannot pass this and have it survive a Presidential Veto. We cannot override that veto. The only way we get reciprocity is to do this as an amendment to a bill Obama cannot reasonably veto. That means that no matter what happens to H.R. 822, it will never become law on its own.

    I like to see things move forward, but recognize the House effort for the theater it is. It gets the Red Blood happy (election coming up), but it does nothing to advance reciprocity, outside of maybe some kind of spiritual boost.

    We need the Senate to vote in favor of an amendment, or we need the House to attach this to an important spending/tax bill that the Senate can then approve. We cannot pass it on its own.i

    1. That’s assuming the President vetoes. I wouldn’t bet money on him signing it, but President Obama has put a decent amount of effort into appearing pro-gun; vetoing a major gun rights bill so close to the election is something he’ll think twice about.

      And much as I hate to be this mercenary, if he _does_ veto the bill, it _will_ work against him in the election. And making sure our current President is a one-termer stands to be a much greater victory for gun rights in the long run than HR 822 does.

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