Keeping Score: Congress on the Trump Executive Order
If he or she is a Republican, it’s crickets on Twitter. Lots of chatter about abortions, though.
Early Sunday morning (4 am Pacific), there were only two exceptions in the Senate and two in the House.
And in the House:
News: @RepCharlieDent, a PA Republican who reps a large Syrian comm tells me:
“I urge the admin to halt enforcement of this order…" (1/
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) January 28, 2017
5/ We must do much more to properly vet refugees, but a blanket ban represents an extreme approach not consistent with our nation's values.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 28, 2017
And there was silence among quite a few Democrats as well.
Mid-afternoon Sunday (3 pm Pacific), the story had changed. Slightly.
- Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued a joint statement observing that the executive order “was not properly vetted… This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”
- Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) supports the court decisions to block deportations and thinks Trump should have worked with Congress. “I think we should slow down [because] our country is not as safe as it should be.” He said that immigration suffers from “not adequate screening, particularly on our visa waiver program, so I do think we need to tighten things up.” In addition, His CNN interview is on his Twitter feed but there is in his news releases. He was forced to make a statement because a constituent got caught up in the NY detentions.
President Trump lashed out at McCain and Graham:
The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong – they are sadly weak on immigration. The two…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
…Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
And no, Mr. President, your indiscriminate ban for anyone carrying a passport from seven Middle Eastern countries is nothing like the “>Obama Administration freezing immigration from Iraq.
In addition, a spokesman for Sen. Angus King (ME-I) said that the executive order does not “protect us, but actually compromise[s] our nation’s security.” There is no statement on his Twitter feed or in his news releases.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) have made statements about the order. Vox puts them in the “critic” column; I am not. Comments about implementation are not equivalent to opposition to the substance of the ban. And neither have made a public statement on Twitter or via their Senate news releases. Half-hearted at best.
- Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) criticized its implementation (“poorly implemented”) but not its core values. There is no statement on his Twitter feed or in his news releases.
- Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) called the measure “overly broad.” There is no statement on her Twitter feed or in her news releases
Late Sunday, according to the NYTimes, the Department of Homeland Security responded to criticism about overreach and announced that lawful permanent residents (green card holders) would be exempt from the ban.
The Times also reported two additional critics: Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).
Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, likewise said the order was “overly broad” and that the blanket travel ban “goes too far.” Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee seemed to echo those criticisms, adding that “while not explicitly a religious test, it comes close to one, which is inconsistent with our American character.”
Gardner has not tweeted a statement; Alexander has. I put Gardner’s response in the same category as Corker and Collins, one that objects to the manner in which the EO has been managed but not its substance.
The tally of Republican senators who have either criticized the substance of the EO or endorsed the weekend’s judicial action: Alexander, Flake, Graham, McCain, Portman, Sasse.
The tally of those with lukewarm criticism of process: Collins, Corker and Gardner.
Vox includes these additional US Representatives in its list of those opposing the executive orders.
- Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA)
- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
- Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)
- Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
- Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), a former undercover CIA officer, criticized the EO in a statement (not shared on Twitter), saying that it “decreases the security of our homeland.”
This visa ban is the ultimate display of mistrust and will erode our allies’ willingness to fight with us. The ban also provides terrorists with another tool to gain sympathy and recruit new fighters.
On the other hand, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, was for the Executive Order before he was against it.
— House Homeland (@HouseHomeland) January 27, 2017
— House Homeland (@HouseHomeland) January 29, 2017
The silent Ds (nothing on Twitter)
- Ben Cardin (D-MD)
- Bill Nelson (D-FL)
- Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
- Joe Manchin III (D-WV)
Here you go, a look at the U.S. Senate, populated by not-a-lot-of-statesmen.
Links are to Twitter accounts.
John McCain (R)
EO sends signal, intended or not, that US doesn't want Muslims here- fear it may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve security
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 29, 2017
Jeff Flake (R)
My view on immigration executive order https://t.co/9PvXbqE5JK
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) January 29, 2017
Kamala D. Harris (D)
Refugees don't make us less safe; they enrich our communities. We can’t turn our backs on them.https://t.co/LF9GManvVF
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2017
Dianne Feinstein (D)
(1/2) There is no legitimate reason to ban refugees—the vast majority of whom are women and children who have experienced absolute horror.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 28, 2017
Michael Bennet (D)
Refugee EO will harm our natl security, undermine our values, & marks a significant departure from our history of welcoming those in need. pic.twitter.com/wcAtST7GNw
— Michael F. Bennet (@SenBennetCO) January 28, 2017
Cory Gardner (R)
Thinking of how sad&ashamed my dad wld be—a proud American citizen who fled Nazi persecution—to see refugee ban based on religious hate&fear
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) January 28, 2017
Stay granted. Temporary victory. Time to remember there is no anger or anxiety you feel tonight that cannot be cured by political action.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 29, 2017
Tom Carper (D)
— Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) January 29, 2017
Chris Coons (D)
We're a nation of immigrants & have tried to lead by example. But today the world sees America return to a politics of exclusion. My stmt: pic.twitter.com/m2gXF0TumB
— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) January 28, 2017
Mazie K. Hirono (D)
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) January 27, 2017
Brian E. Schatz (D)
I've never been a marching on the street guy. But I do think it's time to march on the street.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 28, 2017
Tammy Duckworth (D)
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 29, 2017
Dick Durbin (D)
There are families stuck at ORD tonight—children who don't know when, if ever, their parents will come HOME
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 29, 2017
(1/2) We can make our country even safer and do so in a way that is consistent with our values. -Joe
— Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) January 28, 2017
(2/2) The executive order that was signed yesterday by President Trump is not one of those ways. -Joe
— Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) January 28, 2017
Chris Van Hollen (D)
We are better than this shameful policy, and we will fight it. pic.twitter.com/AMDVzI5zgl
— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) January 28, 2017
Ben Cardin (D)
Elizabeth Warren (D)
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 29, 2017
Ed Markey (D)
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) January 29, 2017
Gary Peters (D)
Proud to represent strong Muslim & Arab American communities—We should never close our doors to those fleeing brutalities like that of ISIS.
— Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) January 28, 2017
Debbie Stabenow (D)
So proud of our vibrant Arab American & Muslim community in Michigan. Trump EO hurts our families & businesses and doesn't make us safer.
— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) January 28, 2017
Amy Klobucharv (D)
Always supported strong vetting but president should not-with stroke of a pen-exclude entire refugee populations. https://t.co/OZTWzxLm3p
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) January 28, 2017
Al Franken (D)
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) January 29, 2017
This makes me want to throw up. pic.twitter.com/R7Gf9Yc5Js
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) January 28, 2017
— Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) January 29, 2017
— Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) January 28, 2017
Maggie Hassan (D)
Tonight's stay was a victory, but a limited one. This executive order must be reversed. https://t.co/6cBcY7DE6D
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) January 29, 2017
Jeanne Shaheen (D)
Trump's immigration order endangers our troops & diplomats by undermining the alliances & trust they've established: https://t.co/yt3cvIsK93
— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) January 28, 2017
Cory Booker (D)
President Trump’s fundamentally un-American executive order today stands in painful contrast to our ideals: pic.twitter.com/ynDLwRgqrW
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 28, 2017
Bob Menendez (D)
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) January 28, 2017
— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) January 29, 2017
Pres. Trump’s executive orders on immigration & refugees fly in the face of our #NY values and the foundation on which our nation was built.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 28, 2017
Chuck Schumer (D)
Called Sec Kelly to urge the admin to rescind these anti-American executive actions that will do absolutely nothing to improve our safety.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 29, 2017
See my statement on President Trump's ban on refugees: https://t.co/4nMUTb7awL
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) January 29, 2017
Sherrod Brown (D)
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) January 28, 2017
Rob Portman (R)
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) January 29, 2017
Ron Wyden (D)
Banning refugees fleeing persecution is unequivocally un-American & does not make us safer.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) January 27, 2017
Jeff Merkley (D)
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) January 28, 2017
.@realDonaldTrump can't make security policy in 140 characters. This executive order must be rescinded.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) January 29, 2017
We all lose when America loses its standing as a place for families fleeing war & persecution to find peace & a chance to build a new life. pic.twitter.com/WhKWTdy9pH
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) January 28, 2017
Jack Reed (D)
As Americans, we must keep faith with the Constitution & reject Trump's religious test on refugees before it spreads https://t.co/Wfdwp6mtSv
— Senator Jack Reed (@SenJackReed) January 29, 2017
Ultimately, I fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 29, 2017
Lamar Alexander (R)
Sen. Alexander statement on refugee executive order. https://t.co/XrPPwPHuV8
— Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) January 30, 2017
Bob Corker (R)
Patrick Leahy (D)
This is a value America shares with Canada — our new president's shameful ban, notwithstanding. https://t.co/a3odWShKQ3
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) January 29, 2017
Bernie Sanders (I)
Trump's anti-Muslim order plays into the hands of fanatics wishing to harm America. Love and compassion trump hatred and intolerance. https://t.co/hUzvqqqd9H
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 28, 2017
Tim Kaine (D)
If we turn our backs on widows and orphans fleeing the very evil we despise, we do not defeat our enemies; we surrender to them
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) January 28, 2017
Mark Warner (D)
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) January 28, 2017
Patty Murray (D)
President Trump has slammed the door on thousands of people—many of whom are women & children fleeing horrific violence.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) January 28, 2017
Maria Cantwell (D)
Actions by the administration that discriminate on basis of religion or country of origin betray our tradition of diversity & acceptance
— Sen. Maria Cantwell (@SenatorCantwell) January 28, 2017
Tammy Baldwin (D)
— Tammy Baldwin (@tammybaldwin) January 28, 2017
Ron Johnson (R)