"Please read the damn bill" Finale: NDAA Conference Report Passage

By Raffaela Wakeman
Thursday, December 15, 2011, 4:45 PM

The Senate just voted for final passage for the NDAA conference report (H.R. 1540). The vote was overwhelming: 86-to-13. All seven senators who voted against the Senate version earlier this month (S.1867) also voted against the conference report. Six additional senators, made up of three Republicans and three Democrats, voted against passage. The full list is below. An asterisk (*) indicates that they also voted against the Senate version.

Cardin (D-MD)
Coburn (R-OK)*
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Durbin (D-IL)
Franken (D-MN)
Harkin (D-IA)*
Lee (R-UT)*
Merkley (D-OR)*
Paul (R-KY)*
Risch (R-ID)
Sanders (I-VT)*
Wyden (D-OR)*

The House passed the conference version of the NDAA yesterday evening. For the Congress nerds among us, the motion to recommit the bill failed in a 183-234 vote. Sixteen Congressmen and women did not vote, and all but one Democrat voted in favor of recommitting the bill. The final passage was 283-136, with the Democrats split 93-93 (excluding those who did not vote, of course) in the roll call, and 14 members of Congress not voting.

The House passed its original bill on May 26th, on a 322-96 vote. A number of Members changed their votes:

52 Representatives voted aye on the original bill, and then voted nay on the conference report. The Democrats who switched their votes are:

D Carson (IN)
D Clarke (NY)
D Costello
D Cummings
D Hastings (FL)
D Heinrich
D Hinojosa
D Johnson (GA)
D Kaptur
D Meeks
D Miller (NC)
D Moran
D Peters
D Ryan (OH)
D Scott (VA)
D Towns

The Republicans who switched to a no vote are:

R Bucshon   R Jones
R Burgess   R Labrador
R Burton (IN)   R Lummis
R Coffman (CO)   R Mack
R DesJarlais   R Mulvaney
R Duncan (SC)   R Pence
R Forbes   R Posey
R Garrett   R Ribble
R Goodlatte   R Roe (TN)
R Gosar   R Rohrabacher
R Gowdy   R Rokita
R Graves (GA)   R Royce
R Griffith (VA)   R Schweikert
R Harris   R Simpson
R Huelskamp   R Stutzman
R Huizenga (MI)   R Tipton
R Hurt   R Walberg
R Johnson (IL)   R Walsh (IL)
      R Woodall

Twelve Democrats switched from a No in May to an Aye on the conference report:

D Ackerman
D Berman
D Capps
D Cicilline
D Crowley
D Himes
D Hirono
D Keating
D Larson (CT)
D Pastor (AZ)
D Schrader
D Sherman
D Waxman