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In a fight to protect our military from liberal intolerance on college campuses, the House overwhelming voted to back the ROTC.

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House Passes ROTC Bill, Upsets Homosexual Agenda

In a fight to protect our military from liberal intolerance on college campuses, the House overwhelming voted to back the ROTC.

On March 30, by a vote of 343 to 81, the House passed a bill (H.R. 3966) that would give Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units open and equal access to students at colleges and universities across the country. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Ala.), was designed to offer support to the military.

“This bill is based a one simple principal — colleges and universities that accept Federal funding should also be willing to permit military recruiters equal access to students in ROTC scholarship programs,” said Rogers.

The bill requires colleges and universities to give military recruiters access to campus equal to any other private employer. Colleges and universities who already support ROTC programs must verify that they will continue to do so in the upcoming academic year. Currently, schools that bar the ROTC program cannot receive funding from the departments of Defense, Education, Labor or Health and Human Services, but this bill will block federal money from the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA, and the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration as well.

Rogers noted that the bill would not disturb federal financial student aid.

While Republicans saw the bill as an effort to ensure that military recruiters are successful in their job — a job that affects national security — several liberals, including Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D.-Calif.) insisted that “the reality is that this bill is not about equal access — it is about discrimination, pure and simple.”

The bill, Woolsey said, “is nothing short of an open and codified policy of intolerance, intolerance against homosexuals, for the reason of their sexual orientation. Until the incredibly unjust ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ policy is drastically altered, bills like H.R. 3966 will continue to allow for the open discrimination against one group of Americans.”

Rep. Randy Cunningham (R.-Calif.), on the other hand, branded the attack as yet another example of liberal intolerance of national defense. “They vote against defense bills, they vote against intelligence bills, and they also vote against or for every amendment that would gut both military and defense,” he said.

“Today, as our Nation calls for able new leaders in the war on terror, it is time for our universities and our colleges in America to honor that call and help lead our nation,” said Rep. Chris Cox (R.-Calif.).

A “yes” vote was a vote in favor of the ROTC and Military Recruiter Equal Access to Campus Act. A “no” vote was a vote against the bill.

For the Bill: 343 Against the Bill: 81
REPUBLICANS FOR: 220
Aderholt
Akin
Bachus
Baker
Ballenger
Barrett (SC)
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Bass
Beauprez
Bereuter
Biggert
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehlert
Boehner
Bonilla
Bonner
Bono
Boozman
Bradley (NH)
Brady (TX)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Burgess
Burns
Burr
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Cannon
Cantor
Capito
Carter
Castle
Chabot
Chocola
Coble
Cole
Collins
Cox
Crane
Crenshaw
Cubin
Culberson
Cunningham
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Tom
Deal (GA)
DeLay
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Doolittle
Dreier
Duncan
Dunn
Ehlers
Emerson
English
Everett
Feeney
Ferguson
Flake
Foley
Forbes
Fossella
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gibbons
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Gingrey
Goode
Goodlatte
Goss
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Greenwood
Hall
Harris
Hart
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Hobson
Hoekstra
Hostettler
Houghton
Hunter
Hyde
Isakson
Issa
Istook
Jenkins
Johnson, Sam
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Jones (NC)
Keller
Kelly
Kennedy (MN)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kline
Knollenberg
Kolbe
LaHood
Latham
LaTourette
Leach
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
LoBiondo
Lucas (OK)
Manzullo
McCotter
McCrery
McHugh
McInnis
McKeon
Mica
Miller, Gary
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Moran (KS)
Murphy
Musgrave
Myrick
Nethercutt
Neugebauer
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nunes
Nussle
Osborne
Ose
Otter
Oxley
Pearce
Pence
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Pickering
Pitts
Platts
Pombo
Porter
Portman
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Quinn
Radanovich
Ramstad
Regula
Rehberg
Renzi
Reynolds
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Saxton
Schrock
Sessions
Shadegg
Shaw
Shays
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shuster
Simmons
Simpson
Smith (MI)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Souder
Stearns
Sullivan
Sweeney
Tancredo
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thomas
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Toomey
Turner (OH)
Upton
Vitter
Walden (OR)
Walsh
Wamp
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS FOR: 123
Alexander
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Baird
Ballance
Bell
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Boswell
Boucher
Boyd
Brown,
Cardin
Cardoza
Carson (IN)
Carson (OK)
Case
Chandler
Clyburn
Cooper
Corrine
Costello
Cramer
Davis (AL)
Davis (CA)
Davis (FL)
Davis (TN)
DeFazio
Deutsch
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Dooley (CA)
Doyle
Edwards
Engel
Etheridge
Evans
Ford
Frost
Gonzalez
Gordon
Green (TX)
Harman
Hill
Hinojosa
Hoeffel
Holden
Hooley (OR)
Hoyer
Inslee
Israel
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jefferson
John
Johnson, E. B.
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kennedy (RI)
Kildee
Kilpatrick
Kind
Kleczka
Lampson
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Levin
Lipinski
Lowey
Lucas (KY)
Marshall
Matheson
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
McIntyre
McNulty
Menendez
Michaud
Miller (NC)
Mollohan
Moore
Moran (VA)
Murtha
Napolitano
Obey
Ortiz
Peterson (MN)
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Rahall
Reyes
Ross
Ruppersberger
Ryan (OH)
Sabo
Sanchez, Loretta
Sandlin
Schiff
Scott (GA)
Sherman
Skelton
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Spratt
Stenholm
Strickland
Stupak
Tauscher
Taylor (MS)
Thompson (MS)
Towns
Turner (TX)
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Van Hollen
Visclosky
Waxman
Wu
Wynn

REPUBLICANS AGAINST: 2
Paul
Sensenbrenner

DEMOCRATS AGAINST: 78
Abercrombie
Ackerman
Baldwin
Becerra
Blumenauer
Brady (PA)
Brown (OH)
Capps
Capuano
Clay
Conyers
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (IL)
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Emanuel
Eshoo
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Frank (MA)
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hastings (FL)
Hinchey
Holt
Honda
Jackson (IL)
Kucinich
Lantos
Larson (CT)
Lee
Lewis (GA)
Linda
Lofgren
Lynch
Majette
Maloney
Markey
Matsui
McCarthy (MO)
McDermott
McGovern
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Millender-McDonald
Miller, George
Nadler
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Olver
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Payne
Pelosi
Rangel
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Rush
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Schakowsky
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Solis
Stark
Thompson (CA)
Tierney
Vel√?∆? ¬°zquez
Waters
Watson
Watt
Weiner
Wexler
Woolsey

INDEPENDENT AGAINST: 1
Sanders

Not Voting: 9

REPUBLICANS (5): DEMOCRATS (4): INDEPENDENTS (0)
DeMint
Gutknecht
Hulshof
Linder
Tauzin
Gephardt
Jones (OH)
Rodriguez
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