Senate Votes to Bail Out Puerto Rico; Here are the REPUBLICANS Who Voted FOR It

RINOs Orrin Hatch, John McCain, Lamar AlexanderRINOs Orrin Hatch, John McCain, Lamar Alexander

Whether government or corporations, bailouts do not allow the entity performing the mismanagement to learn from their mismanagement and mistakes. Bailouts send the wrong message than poor economic decisions will be rewarded with free money, while those acting responsibility will not be giving money someone else earned.

Nevertheless, on Wednesday night, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to bail out Puerto Rico, passing the bill easily, 68-30, in a vote in which only a simple majority was needed.

This is a bad move by a Republican-dominated U.S. Senate. Below is the list who voted for and against the issue.

There are a view surprises.

Of course, the RINO relics like Mitch McConnell , John McCain , Lamar Alexander , Orrin Hatch , and their ilk voted to bail out Puerto Rico, but surprisingly, so did Rand Paul and Marco Rubio .

Principled constitutional conservatives Ted Cruz , Mike Lee and a handful of other Republicans voted against the bill, as you might expect.

Republicans Who Voted to Bail Out Puerto Rico:

Alexander, Tenn.;

Ayotte, N.H.;

Barrasso, Wyo.;

Blunt, Mo.;

Burr, N.C.;

Cassidy, La.;

Coats, Ind.;

Cochran, Miss.;

Collins, Maine;

Corker, Tenn.;

Cornyn, Texas;

Crapo, Idaho;

Enzi, Wyo.;

Fischer, Neb.;

Flake, Ariz.;

Gardner, Colo.;

Graham, S.C.;

Hatch, Utah;

Hoeven, N.D.;

Inhofe, Okla.;

Isakson, Ga.;

Johnson, Wis.;

Kirk, Ill.;

Lankford, Okla.;

McCain, Ariz.;

McConnell, Ky.;

Paul, Ky.;

Risch, Idaho;

Roberts, Kan.;

Rounds, S.D.;

Rubio, Fla.;

Sessions, Ala.;

Sullivan, Alaska;

Thune, S.D.;

Toomey, Pa.;

Vitter, La.

Republicans Who Voted Not to Bail Out Puerto Rico:

Boozman, Ark.; Capito, W.V.; Cotton, Ark.; Cruz, Texas; Daines, Mont.; Ernst, Iowa; Grassley, Iowa; Heller, Nev.; Lee, Utah; Moran, Kan.; Murkowski, Alaska; Perdue, Ga.; Portman, Ohio; Sasse, Neb.; Scott, S.C.; Shelby, Ala.; Tillis, N.C.; Wicker, Miss.

ABC News, which provided the above roll call, reported that among the “yes” votes were 31 Democrats, 36 Republicans and one Independent.

Voting “no” were 11 Democrats, 18 Republicans and one Independent.

Puerto Rico is $72 billion in debt and didn’t have funds for an interest payment on Friday. The bill now goes to Obama, who is expected to sign the bailout bill.

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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