Here's how lawmakers voted on trucking insurance requirements

By David Tanner, Land Line senior editor | Friday, June 05, 2015

Votes in Congress are not always a straight up yes or no, for or against, and a vote this week in the U.S. House of Representatives provides a great example of that. In the end, it was a “no” vote that gave truckers a victory on the issue of insurance requirements and costs to motor carriers, specifically on the “Cartwright amendment.”

The amendment, offered by U.S. Rep. Matthew Cartwright, D-Pa., to an annual spending bill for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, sought to strip language from the bill that freezes current insurance requirements.

A “yes” vote on the Cartwright amendment would have allowed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to proceed – and perhaps quickly – to increase insurance requirements by 500 percent.

Such a leap would put small-business motor carriers at a severe disadvantage. That prompted OOIDA to issue a Call To Action to members to halt Cartwright’s attempt to alter the bill language.

The “no” votes prevailed, 248 to 175, and prevented the Cartwright amendment from being attached to the full THUD bill that is being scheduled for a vote in the coming days.

Not to be overlooked in the equation is an analysis by Land Line Magazine Managing Editor Jami Jones in 2013 that revealed Cartwright, a licensed attorney, and members of his family are partners in a law firm that pursues lawsuits against motor carriers involved in crashes.

Truckers have asked for a list of votes for and against Cartwright, so here are the tallies from the floor vote on Thursday, June 4:

Voted against Cartwright amendment
Amash, Justin, R-Mich.
Amodei, Mark, R-Nev.
Ashford, Brad, D-Neb.
Babin, Brian, R-Texas
Barletta, Lou, R-Pa.
Barr, Andy, R-Ky.
Barton, Joe, R-Texas
Benishek, Dan, R-Mich.
Bilirakis, Gus M., R-Fla.
Bishop, Mike, R-Mich.
Bishop, Rob, R-Utah
Black, Diane, R-Tenn.
Blackburn, Marsha, R-Tenn.
Blum, Rod, R-Iowa
Bost, Mike, R-Ill.
Boustany Jr., Charles W., R-La.
Brat, Dave, R-Va.
Bridenstine, Jim, R-Okla.
Brooks, Mo, R-Ala.
Brooks, Susan W., R-Ind.
Buchanan, Vern, R-Fla.
Buck, Ken, R-Colo.
Bucshon, Larry, R-Ind.
Burgess, Michael, R-Texas
Byrne,Bradley, R-Ala.
Calvert, Ken, R-Calif.
Carter, John, R-Texas
Chabot, Steve, R-Ohio
Chaffetz, Jason, R-Utah
Clarke, Yvette D., D-N.Y.
Clawson,Curt, R-Fla.
Coffman, Mike, R-Colo.
Cole, Tom, R-Okla.
Collins, Chris, R-N.Y.
Collins, Doug, R-Ga.
Comstock, Barbara, R-Va.
Conaway, K. Michael, R-Texas
Cook, Paul, R-Calif.
Costa, Jim, D-Calif.
Costello, Ryan, R-Pa.
Cramer, Kevin, R-N.D.
Crawford, Rick, R-Ark.
Crenshaw, Ander, R-Fla.
Cuellar, Henry, D-Texas
Culberson, John, R-Texas
Curbelo, Carlos, R-Fla.
Davis, Rodney, R-Ill.
Denham, Jeff, R-Calif.
Dent, Charles W., R-Pa.
DeSantis, Ron, R-Fla.
DesJarlais, Scott, R-Tenn.
Diaz-Balart, Mario, R-Fla.
Dold, Bob, R-Ill.
Donovan, Daniel, R-N.Y.
Duffy, Sean P., R-Wis.
Duncan, Jeff, R-S.C.
Duncan Jr., John J., R-Tenn.
Ellmers, Renee, R-N.C.
Emmer, Tom, R-Minn.
Farenthold, Blake, R-Texas
Fincher, Stephen, R-Tenn.
Fleischmann, Chuck, R-Tenn.
Fleming, John, R-La.
Flores, Bill, R-Texas
Forbes, J. Randy, R-Va.
Fortenberry, Jeff, R-Neb.
Foxx, Virginia, R-N.C.
Franks, Trent, R-Ariz.
Frelinghuysen, Rodney, R-N.J.
Fudge, Marcia L., D-Ohio
Garrett, Scott, R-N.J.
Gibbs, Bob, R-Ohio
Gibson, Chris, R-N.Y.
Gohmert, Louie, R-Texas
Goodlatte, Bob, R-Va.
Gosar, Paul A., R-Ariz.
Gowdy, Trey, R-S.C.
Granger, Kay, R-Texas
Graves, Garret, R-La.
Graves, Sam, R-Mo.
Graves, Tom, R-Ga.
Grothman, Glenn, R-Wis.
Guinta, Frank, R-N.H.
Guthrie, S. Brett, R-Ky.
Hanna, Richard, R-N.Y.
Hardy, Cresent, R-Nev.
Harper, Gregg, R-Miss.
Harris, Andy, R-Md.
Hartzler, Vicky, R-Mo.
Hastings, Alcee L., D-Fla.
Heck, Joe, R-Nev.
Hensarling, Jeb, R-Texas
Herrera Beutler, Jaime, R-Wash.
Hice, Jody, R-Ga.
Hill, French, R-Ark.
Holding, George, R-N.C.
Hudson, Richard, R-N.C.
Huelskamp, Tim, R-Kan.
Huizenga, Bill, R-Mich.
Hultgren, Randy, R-Ill.
Hunter, Duncan D., R-Calif.
Hurd, Will, R-Texas
Hurt, Robert, R-Va.
Issa, Darrell, R-Calif.
Jenkins, Evan, R-W.V.
Jenkins, Lynn, R-Kan.
Johnson, Bill, R-Ohio.
Johnson, Sam, R-Texas
Jolly, David, R-Fla.
Jones, Walter B., R-N.C.
Jordan, Jim, R-Ohio
Katko, John, R-N.Y.
Kelly, Mike, R-Pa.
King, Pete, R-N.Y.
King, Steve, R-Iowa
Kinzinger, Adam, R-Ill.
Kirkpatrick, Ann, D-Ariz.
Kline, John, R-Minn.
Knight, Steve, R-Calif.
Labrador, Raul R., R-Idaho
LaMalfa, Doug, R-Calif.
Lamborn, Doug, R-Colo.
Lance, Leonard, R-N.J
Latta, Robert E., R-Ohio.
Lawrence, Brenda, D-Mich.
Lewis, John, D-Ga.
Lipinski, Daniel, D-Ill.
Long, Billy, R-Mo.
Loudermilk, Barry, R-Ga.
Love, Mia, R-Utah
Lucas, Frank, R-Okla.
Luetkemeyer, Blaine, R-Mo.
Lummis, Cynthia M., R-Wyo.
MacArthur, Tom, R-N.J.
Marchant, Kenny, R-Texas
Marino, Tom, R-Pa.
Massie, Thomas, R-Ky.
McCarthy, Kevin, R-Calif.
McCaul, Michael T., R-Texas
McClintock, Tom, R-Calif.
McHenry, Patrick T., R-N.C.
McKinley, David, R-W.V.
McMorris Rodgers, Cathy, R-Wash.
McNerney, Jerry, D-Calif.
McSally, Martha, R-Ariz.
Meadows, Mark, R-N.C.
Meehan, Pat, R-Pa.
Messer, Luke, R-Ind.
Mica, John, R-Fla.
Miller, Candice, R-Mich.
Miller, Jeff, R-Fla.
Moolenaar, John, R-Mich.
Mooney, Alex, R-W.V.
Mullin, Markwayne, R-Okla.
Mulvaney, Mick, R-S.C.
Murphy, Tim, R-Pa.
Neugebauer, Randy, R-Texas
Newhouse, Dan, R-Wash.
Nolan, Rick, D-Minn.
Nunes, Devin, R-Calif.
Olson, Pete, R-Texas
Palazzo, Steven, R-Miss.
Palmer, Gary, R-Ala.
Paulsen, Erik, R-Minn.
Pearce, Steve, R-N.M.
Perlmutter, Ed, D-Colo.
Perry, Scott, R-Pa.
Peterson, Collin C., D-Minn.
Pittenger, Robert, R-N.C.
Pitts, Joseph R., R-Pa.
Poliquin, Bruce, R-Maine
Pompeo, Mike, R-Kan.
Posey, Bill, R-Fla.
Ratcliffe, John, R-Texas
Reed, Tom, R-N.Y.
Reichert, David G., R-Wash.
Renacci, Jim, R-Ohio
Ribble, Reid, R-Wis.
Rice, Tom, R-S.C.
Rigell, Scott, R-Va.
Roby, Martha, R-Ala.
Roe, Phil, R-Tenn.
Rogers, Harold, R-Ky.
Rogers, Mike, R-Ala.
Rohrabacher, Dana, R-Calif.
Rooney, Tom, R-Fla.
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, R-Fla.
Roskam, Peter J., R-Ill.
Ross, Dennis, R-Fla.
Rothfus, Keith, R-Pa.
Rouzer, David, R-N.C.
Royce, Ed, R-Calif.
Russell, Steve, R-Okla.
Ryan, Paul, R-Wis.
Salmon, Matt, R-Ariz.
Sanford, Mark, R-S.C.
Scalise, Steve, R-La.
Schrader, Kurt, D-Ore.
Schweikert, David, R-Ariz.
Scott, Austin, R-Ga.
Sensenbrenner, F. James, R-Wis.
Sessions, Pete, R-Texas
Shimkus, John, R-Ill.
Shuster, Bill, R-Pa.
Simpson, Mike, R-Idaho
Sinema, Kyrsten, D-Ariz.
Smith, Adrian, R-Neb.*
Smith, Jason, R-Mo.
Smith, Lamar, R-Texas
Stefanik, Elise, R-N.Y.
Stivers, Steve, R-Ohio
Stutzman, Marlin, R-Ind.
Thompson, Glenn W., R-Pa.
Thornberry, Mac, R-Texas
Tiberi, Pat, R-Ohio
Tipton, Scott, R-Colo.
Trott, Dave, R-Mich.
Turner, Michael, R-Ohio
Upton, Fred, R-Mich.
Valadao, David, R-Calif.
Wagner, Ann, R-Mo.
Walberg, Tim, R-Mich.
Walden, Greg, R-Ore.
Walker, Mark, R-N.C.
Walorski, Jackie, R-Ind.
Walters, Mimi, R-Calif.
Walz, Timothy J., D-Minn.
Weber, Randy, R-Texas
Webster, Daniel, R-Fla.
Wenstrup, Brad, R-Ohio
Westerman, Bruce, R-Ark.
Westmoreland, Lynn A., R-Ga.
Williams, Roger, R-Texas
Wilson, Frederica, D-Fla.
Wilson, Joe, R-S.C.
Wittman, Robert J., R-Va.
Womack, Steve, R-Ark.
Woodall, Robert, R-Ga.
Yoder, Kevin, R-Kan.
Yoho, Ted, R-Fla.
Young, David, R-Iowa
Young, Don, R-Alaska
Young, Todd, R-Ind.
Zeldin, Lee, R-N.Y.
Zinke, Ryan, R-Mont.
*Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., initially voted for the Cartwright amendment in error and submitted paperwork to officially change his vote to oppose the amendment. This change may not be reflected in the congressional record.

Voted for Cartwright amendment
Aguilar, Pete, D-Calif.
Bass, Karen, D-Calif.
Beatty, Joyce, D-Ohio
Becerra, Xavier, D-Calif.
Bera, Ami, D-Calif.
Beyer, Don, D-Va.
Bishop Jr., Sanford D., D-Ga.
Blumenauer, Earl, D-Ore.
Bonamici, Suzanne, D-Ore
Boyle, Brendan, D-Pa.
Brady, Robert, D-Pa.
Brown, Corrine, D-Fla.
Brownley, Julia, D-Calif.
Bustos, Cheri, D-Ill.
Butterfield, G.K., D-N.C.
Capps, Lois, D-Calif.
Capuano, Michael E., D-Mass.
Cárdenas, Tony, D-Calif.
Carney, John, D-Del.
Carson, André, D-Ind.
Carter, Buddy, R-Ga.
Cartwright, Matthew, D-Pa.
Castor, Kathy, D-Fla.
Castro, Joaquin, D-Texas
Chu, Judy, D-Calif.
Cicilline, David, D-R.I.
Clark, Katherine, D-Mass.
Clay Jr., William Lacy, D-Mo.
Cleaver, Emanuel, D-Mo.
Clyburn, James E., D-S.C.
Cohen, Steve, D-Tenn.
Connolly, Gerald E. Gerry, D-Va.
Conyers Jr., John, D-Mich.
Cooper, Jim, D-Tenn.
Courtney, Joe, D-Conn.
Crowley, Joseph, D-N.Y.
Cummings, Elijah, D-Md.
Davis, Danny K., D-Ill.
Davis, Susan, D-Calif.
DeFazio, Peter, D-Ore.
DeGette, Diana, D-Colo.
Delaney, John, D-Md.
DeLauro, Rosa L., D-Conn.
DelBene, Suzan, D-Wash.
DeSaulnier, Mark, D-Calif.
Deutch, Ted, D-Fla.
Dingell, Debbie, D-Mich.
Doggett, Lloyd, D-Texas
Duckworth, Tammy, D-Ill.
Edwards, Donna F., D-Md.
Ellison, Keith, D-Minn.
Engel, Eliot, D-N.Y.
Eshoo, Anna G., D-Calif.
Esty, Elizabeth, D-Conn.
Farr, Sam, D-Calif.
Fattah, Chaka, D-Pa.
Fitzpatrick, Michael G., R-Pa.
Foster, Bill, D-Ill.
Frankel, Lois, D-Fla.
Gabbard, Tulsi, D-Hawaii
Gallego, Ruben, D-Ariz.
Garamendi, John, D-Calif.
Graham, Gwen, D-Fla.
Grayson, Alan, D-Fla.
Green, Al, D-Texas
Green, Gene, D-Texas
Griffith, Morgan, R-Va.
Grijalva, Raul, D-Ariz.
Hahn, Janice, D-Calif.
Heck, Denny, D-Wash.
Higgins, Brian, D-N.Y.
Himes, Jim, D-Conn.
Hinojosa, Rubén, D-Texas
Honda, Mike, D-Calif.
Hoyer, Steny H., D-Md.
Huffman, Jared, D-Calif.
Israel, Steve, D-N.Y.
Jeffries, Hakeem, D-N.Y.
Johnson, Henry C. Hank Jr., D-Ga.
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, D-Texas
Joyce, David, R-Ohio
Kaptur, Marcy, D-Ohio
Keating, William, D-Mass.
Kelly, Robin, D-Ill.
Kennedy III, Joseph P., D-Mass.
Kildee, Daniel, D-Mich.
Kilmer, Derek, D-Wash.
Kind, Ron, D-Wis.
Kuster, Ann, D-N.H.
Langevin, Jim, D-R.I
Larsen, Rick, D-Wash.
Larson, John B., D-Conn.
Lee, Barbara, D-Calif.
Levin, Sander, D-Mich.
Lieu, Ted, D-Calif.
LoBiondo, Frank, R-N.J.
Loebsack, David, D-Iowa
Lofgren, Zoe, D-Calif.
Lowenthal, Alan, D-Calif.
Lowey, Nita, D-N.Y.
Lujan, Ben R., D-N.M.
Lujan Grisham, Michelle, D-N.M.
Lynch, Stephen F., D-Mass.
Maloney, Carolyn, D-N.Y.
Maloney, Sean Patrick, D-N.Y.
Matsui, Doris O., D-Calif.
McCollum, Betty, D-Minn.
McDermott, Jim, D-Wash.
McGovern, James, D-Mass.
Meeks, Gregory W., D-N.Y.
Meng, Grace, D-N.Y.
Moore, Gwen, D-Wis.
Moulton, Seth, D-Mass.
Murphy, Patrick, D-Fla.
Nadler, Jerrold, D-N.Y.
Napolitano, Grace, D-Calif.
Neal, Richard E., D-Mass.
Norcross, Donald, D-N.J.
O'Rourke, Beto, D-Texas
Pallone Jr., Frank, D-N.J.
Pascrell Jr., Bill, D-N.J.
Payne Jr., Donald, D-N.J.
Pelosi, Nancy, D-Calif.
Peters, Scott, D-Calif.
Pingree, Chellie, D-Maine
Pocan, Mark, D-Wis.
Poe, Ted, R-Texas
Polis, Jared, D-Colo.
Price, David, D-N.C.
Price, Tom, R-Ga.
Quigley, Mike, D-Ill.
Rangel, Charles B., D-N.Y.
Rice, Kathleen, D-N.Y.
Richmond, Cedric, D-La.
Roybal-Allard, Lucille, D-Calif.
Ruiz, Raul, D-Calif.
Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch, D-Md.
Rush, Bobby L., D-Ill.
Ryan, Tim, D-Ohio
Sánchez, Linda, D-Calif.
Sanchez, Loretta, D-Calif.
Sarbanes, John P., D-Md.
Schakowsky, Jan, D-Ill.
Schiff, Adam, D-Calif.
Scott, David, D-Ga.
Scott, Robert C., D-Va.
Serrano, José E., D-N.Y.
Sewell, Terri A., D-Ala.
Sherman, Brad, D-Calif.
Sires, Albio, D-N.J.
Slaughter, Louise, D-N.Y.
Smith, Adam, D-Wash.
Smith, Chris, R-N.J.
Speier, Jackie, D-Calif.
Swalwell, Eric, D-Calif.
Takai, Mark, D-Hawaii
Takano, Mark, D-Calif.
Thompson, Bennie G., D-Miss.
Thompson, Mike, D-Calif.
Titus, Dina, D-Nev.
Tonko, Paul D., D-N.Y.
Torres, Norma, D-Calif.
Tsongas, Niki, D-Mass.
Van Hollen, Chris, D-Md.
Vargas, Juan, D-Calif.
Veasey, Marc, D-Texas
Vela, Filemon, D-Texas
Velázquez, Nydia M., D-N.Y.
Visclosky, Peter, D-Ind.
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie, D-Fla.
Waters, Maxine, D-Calif.
Watson Coleman, Bonnie, D-N.J.
Welch, Peter, D-Vt.
Whitfield, Ed, R-Ky.
Yarmuth, John A., D-Ky.

Did not vote
Adams, Alma, D-N.C.
Brady, Kevin, R-Texas
Doyle, Mike, D-Pa.
Gutierrez, Luis, D-Ill.
Jackson Lee, Sheila, D-Texas
Noem, Kristi, R-S.D.
Nugent, Richard, R-Fla.
Rokita, Todd, R-Ind.
Stewart, Chris, R-Utah

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