My take on their records: Michele Bachmann

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 Ladies first!  I’ll be going through each Republican Presidential candidates’ voting records and giving my take on what kind of a president they would make.  I’ll be going from their most recent, to some of their earlier votes.  First up is Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

November 18th, 2011:  Balanced Budget Amendment (H J res. 2, vote 858).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted yes, however, this did not pass in the House.

July 29th, 2011:  Raising the Debt Ceiling (Boehner plan) (S 627, vote 677).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted no, but this bill did pass in the House.

July 19th, 2011:  Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011 (HR2560).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted, no, this bill ultimately did pass in the House.

July 13th, 2011:  Amending Clean Water Laws (HR2018).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted yes, and this bill did pass in the House.

June 24th, 2011:  Limiting the Use of Funds in support of NATO Operations in Libya (HR2278).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted no, and this bill failed in the House.

June 3rd, 2011:  Removing Armed Forces from Libya (H Con. Res. 51).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted yes, but this did not pass in the House.

June 3rd, 2011:  Ground Forces in Libya (H Res. 292).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted yes, and this did pass in the House.

May 26th, 2011:  Patriot Act Extension (S 990).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted yes, and a concurrence vote was passed in the House.

May 4th, 2011:  Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion (HR 3).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted yes, and this bill was passed in the House.

April 7th, 2011:  Energy Tax Prevention Act (HR 910).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted yes, and this bill did pass the House.

March 30th, 2011:  School Vouchers for Washington, D.C. (HR 471).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted yes, and this bill did pass the House.

March 17th, 2011:  Removing Troops from Afghanistan (H Con. Res. 28).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted no, and this bill failed in the House.

January 26th, 2011:  Abolishing Federal Financing of Presidential Election Campaigns (HR 359).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted yes, and this bill did pass in the House.

December 15th, 2010:  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act (HR 2965).  Congresswoman Bachmann voted no, but a concurrence vote was passed in the House.

I’ve just gone through some of what I considered key votes in Congresswoman Bachmann’s record (you can read the entire thing for yourself here).  From this, I think it’s clear that Congresswoman Bachmann is dedicated to protecting unborn human life– something I definitely look for in my preferred presidential candidate.  Overall, I see a true conservative who is not afraid to vote out of the majority, as she did many times, if she believes something different.  That’s something I can definitely admire.  Yes, the congresswoman has somewhat damaged her own presidential campaign with some hardly-noticed comments earlier on, but overall I think many Americans were not ready to accept the possibility of a woman leading our country so soon after Sarah Palin’s VP run.  I think people are so threatened by Gov. Palin, they did not want to chance propelling another conservative woman to a high position of “power.”

2 Comments on My take on their records: Michele Bachmann

  1. I agree wholeheartedly about what you have said about Congresswoman Bachmann. She is a true conservative and has the voting record to prove it. I find it strange that the Tea Party has said they want a smaller government, conservative President yet they have not thrown their support behind her. Have we fallen into the trap or bought into the establishment way by not voting our principles & values but instead voting for the candidate that we think will win? I like Michele Bachmann and I think given the chance she would be a very welcome surprise!

    • I think a lot of people have fallen into that trap– they won’t vote for someone because they’re “unelectable.” This was never the way things were intended to be and it’s having a detrimental effect on who our nominee might be.

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