House Democrats were joined by eight Republicans to pass the largest tax increase in American history, the Waxman-Markey bill, more generally known as cap and trade. The final vote was 219-211. The support of the eight Republicans was critical as 44 Democrats voted against the national energy tax.
This bill has been touted by the Democrat leadership as a jobs bill, yet they neglected to note that the jobs being created will all be in China and India.
The eight Republican Cap and Traitors who put the bill over the top and allowed eight so-called conservative Democrats political cover to vote against:
Mary Bono Mack (Calif.)
Michael Castle (Del.)
Mark Kirk (Ill.)
Leonard Lance (N.J.)
Frank LoBiondo (N.J.)
John McHugh (N.Y.)
Dave Reichert (Wash.)
Chris Smith (N.J.)
For the full vote results here.
The Senate is expected to take up the bill upon its return from 4th of July break next week.