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House rejects an amendment that would have removed federal funding for NIH porn studies

On July 10, by a vote of 210 to 212, the House rejected an amendment to the Health and Human Services appropriations bill (HR 2660) by Rep. Pat Toomey (R.-Pa.) The amendment would have removed funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for five studies that many members found ridiculous, including one on the sexual habits of “transgendered” American Indians and one on how pornography affects sexual arousal of people in different moods.

In addition, it would have stopped using taxpayer dollars to fund studies on drug use by Asian prostitutes and masseuses in California, panda bears in China, and the sexual habits of elderly men.

Two conservatives claim to have accidentally voted the wrong way in the critically close vote, meaning that their mistakes caused the amendment to fail.

Spokesmen for Representatives Joe Wilson (R.-S.C.) and Chip Pickering (R.-Miss.) told HUMAN EVENTS last week that the congressmen had voted against the amendment by accident (see HUMAN EVENTS, July 21, page 5). Three other conservatives gave weak excuses for their “no” votes, and yet another did not respond to HUMAN EVENTS’ phone calls.

Toomey and supporters of his amendment wanted to pass it not only to cut down on frivolous government spending, but also because it is detestable to force taxpayers to fund what they consider morally evil activity.

“Who thinks this stuff up?” asked Toomey. “And, worse, who decides to actually fund these sorts of things? Well, unfortunately, the NIH has done so. These are not applications that are worthy of taxpayer funds.

“If they want to do this sort of research, we need to fund this privately and not with taxpayer dollars,” said Toomey. “I simply want to make the point that there are so many far more important, very real diseases that are affecting real people; and that is what this kind of money could be used for.”

But liberals like Rep. David Obey (D.-Wis.) opposed the amendment, claiming that every so often one of these bizarre studies will produce a positive outcome. Obey brought up a government-funded study on Polish pigs that “led to the development of a new blood pressure medicine which millions of people use today.”

“The know-nothings in the Congress at that time would have eliminated that study. I do not think that would have been a good outcome,” said Obey. “I have served on the subcommittee that deals with NIH for a long time, and the one thing I came to understand very quickly is that the day that we politicize NIH research, that is the day we will ruin science research in this country.”

Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.), however, put the issue in clear perspective.

“I do not know how in the world we do not have enough money to fund things like the reaction of children to vaccines for childhood autism; but then, in turn, we have enough money to fund a study to pay women to watch pornography,” said Flake. “I think that is wrong.”

A “yes” vote was in favor of the Toomey amendment to cease funding for wasteful and often bizarre studies by the NIH. A “no” vote was a vote, accidental or not, in opposition to the amendment that removes money from the wasteful programs.

FOR THE AMENDMENT: 210 AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: 212
REPUBLICANS FOR (177):
Aderholt
Akin
Bachus
Baker
Ballenger
Barrett (SC)
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Bass
Beauprez
Biggert
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehner
Bonner
Bono
Boozman
Bradley (NH)
Brady (TX)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, V.
Burgess
Burns
Burr
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Cannon
Cantor
Capito
Carter
Chabot
Chocola
Coble
Cole
Collins
Cox
Crane
Cubin
Culberson
Cunningham
Davis, Jo Ann
Deal (GA)
DeLay
DeMint
Diaz-Balart, M.
Doolittle
Duncan
Dunn
Emerson
Everett
Feeney
Ferguson
Flake
Foley
Forbes
Franks (AZ)
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gingrey
Goode
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Gutknecht
Harris
Hart
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Hoekstra
Hostettler
Hulshof
Hunter
Hyde
Isakson
Istook
Janklow
Jenkins
Johnson, Sam
Johnson (IL)
Jones (NC)
Keller
Kelly
Kennedy (MN)
King (IA)
Kingston
Kirk
Kline
LaHood
Latham
Lewis (KY)
LoBiondo
Lucas (OK)
Manzullo
McCotter
McHugh
McInnis
McKeon
Mica
Miller, Gary
Miller (FL)
Moran (KS)
Murphy
Musgrave
Myrick
Nethercutt
Neugebauer
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nunes
Nussle
Osborne
Otter
Paul
Pearce
Pence
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Pitts
Platts
Pombo
Putnam
Quinn
Radanovich
Ramstad
Rehberg
Renzi
Reynolds
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rohrabacher
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Saxton
Schrock
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shays
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shuster
Smith (MI)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Souder
Stearns
Sullivan
Tancredo
Tauzin
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Toomey
Turner (OH)
Upton
Vitter
Walsh
Wamp
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Whitfield
Wicker
Wolf
Young (AK)

DEMOCRATS FOR (33):
Alexander
Berry
Boswell
Boyd
Carson (OK)
Costello
Davis (AL)
Davis (TN)
Edwards
Gordon
Hall
Hill
Holden
Israel
Jefferson
John
Lucas (KY)
Marshall
Matheson
McIntyre
McNulty
Moore
Peterson (MN)
Ross
Sandlin
Skelton
Stenholm
Tanner
Taylor (MS)
Turner (TX)
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Wynn

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (46):
Boehlert
Bonilla
Castle
Crenshaw
Davis, Tom
Diaz-Balart, L.
Dreier
Ehlers
English
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Greenwood
Hobson
Houghton
Issa
Johnson (CT)
King (NY)
Knollenberg
Kolbe
LaTourette
Leach
Lewis (CA)
Linder
McCrery
Miller (MI)
Ose
Oxley
Pickering
Porter
Portman
Pryce (OH)
Regula
Rogers (MI)
Ros-Lehtinen
Shaw
Simmons
Simpson
Sweeney
Thomas
Tiberi
Walden (OR)
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (SC)
Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS AGAINST (165):
Abercrombie
Ackerman
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Baird
Baldwin
Ballance
Becerra
Bell
Berkley
Berman
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boucher
Brady (PA)
Brown, Corrine
Brown (OH)
Capps
Capuano
Cardin
Cardoza
Carson (IN)
Case
Clay
Clyburn
Conyers
Cooper
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis (FL)
Davis (IL)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Deutsch
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Dooley (CA)
Doyle
Emanuel
Engel
Eshoo
Etheridge
Evans
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Ford
Frank (MA)
Frost
Gonzalez
Green (TX)
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hastings (FL)
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hoeffel
Holt
Honda
Hooley (OR)
Hoyer
Inslee
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Johnson, E. B.
Jones (OH)
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kennedy (RI)
Kildee
Kilpatrick
Kind
Kleczka
Kucinich
Lampson
Langevin
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lipinski
Lofgren
Lowey
Lynch
Majette
Maloney
Markey
Matsui
McCarthy (MO)
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Menendez
Michaud
Miller, George
Miller (NC)
Mollohan
Moran (VA)
Murtha
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Pelosi
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Rahall
Rangel
Reyes
Rodriguez
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sabo
Sanchez, Linda
Schakowsky
Schiff
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sherman
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Solis
Spratt
Stark
Strickland
Stupak
Tauscher
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Towns
Van Hollen
Velazquez
Visclosky
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Wexler
Woolsey
Wu

INDEPENDENT AGAINST (1):Sanders

PRESENT: 1

REPUBLICANS (1): DEMOCRATS (0) INDEPENDENTS (0)
Bereuter    

NOT VOTING: 11

REPUBLICANS (4): DEMOCRATS (7): INDEPENDENTS (0)
Fletcher
Fossella
Gibbons
Goss
Cramer
Gephardt
Harman
Millender-McDonald
Owens
Payne
Sanchez, Loretta
 
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