Cooper and Cohen Refuse to Vote in Support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Jim Cooper, Steve Cohen

On Wednesday Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) refused to vote in support of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency within the Department of Homeland Security.

Both of Tennessee’s two Democrat members of the U.S. House of Representatives cast a “present” ballot, rather than a clear “yes” or “no” when a resolution in support of ICE passed in a 244-35-133 vote late Wednesday.

Only 18 Democrats voted in favor of the resolution, while 34 voted against it, and 133 voted “present.”

“House lawmakers voted for a resolution Wednesday that supports Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and explicitly condemns Democrats’ calls to abolish the agency,” the Daily Caller reported:

Members voted 244-35-133 Wednesday afternoon in favor of a resolution GOP Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana sponsored that both decries Democrats’ push to do away with ICE and calls for congressional support for the agency.

The majority of House Democrats — 133 — voted “present,” with the remainder split. Eighteen Democrats voted in favor the bill and 35 voted against it. One Republican, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, voted with Democrats against the bill.

Democrats voted “present” in protest of what they deemed a political stunt on the part of Republicans, who they claim have spent months failing to address the nation’s immigration problems, like the separation of children from their parents that immigrated to the U.S. illegally and its officials. Republicans brought the measure to the floor under an expedited procedure, known as suspension of the rules, which allowed the chamber to pass it with a two-thirds majority.

Cohen has been in the news a great deal in the past week.

Last week, he was widely criticized for telling anti-Trump FBI lovebird Peter Strzok that “If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would” at Congressional hearings.

Then earlier this week, he sent out a controversial tweet that many believed was a call for a military coup against President Trump.


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9 Thoughts to “Cooper and Cohen Refuse to Vote in Support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement”

  1. […] year, Cooper refused to vote in support of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency within the Department of […]

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  3. Caldwell Hancock

    Did we elect Jim Cooper to Congress so that he would appear on an important matter and not vote at all?
    Did you poll your constituency and refuse to vote for or against because that’s what we wanted? Have you no courage? From now on vote for or against even if you are afraid taking a position might hurt your chances for reelection. And, if you dont have the stones or stomach to actually exercise the franchise we have given you, then please resign so we can elect a woman who does.

  4. Randall

    Dumb and Dumber!

  5. Rick

    I use to vote for the individual, but the Democrats have acted so awful to the current administration and really shown what they are, ignorant liberals, never again will I vote anyway but republican. These two guys are complete morons!

  6. Austin

    Is that supposed to be news?

  7. Leah BEAN

    stupid liberals ! KEEP ICE !!! forget these fargin bastages

  8. Jim Forsythe

    Disgusting! They do not support America; they want the illegals in because they typically cast illegal votes for the democrats.

  9. Edmund

    oh my…..let me put on my shocked face….”I can’t believe they did that”, said no one