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Worst Burchett Votes 2021

H.R. 5376, Nov. 19, 2021, passing the Build Back Better Act.

The bill establishes programs to provide up to six semesters of free community college, free child care for children under six, free universal pre-school, and health benefits for eligible persons who reside in states like Tennessee that have not expanded Medicaid.  The bill also includes funds for safer drinking water, small business assistance, expanded Medicare, and provides for up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.  It also closes tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy to pay for it.  Burchett votes No.

HR 3684, Nov. 5, 2021, Invest in America Act

Desperately needed funds for road and bridge improvements, port improvements, rural broadband, electric grid, etc.  Burchett votes no.

H.R. 5860, Nov. 4, 2021

Burchett sponsors a bill to prohibit vaccine mandates for essential workers–at a time in the pandemic when it is crucial to assure that the essential workers are vaccinated for their own health and that of members of the public.

H. Res. 789, Nov. 17, 2021

Censuring Rep. Paul Gosar for posting an edited anime video showing him killing a fellow member of Congress and threatening the president.  Burchett votes No.

H. Res. 370, Oct. 21, 2021

Holds Steve Bannon in contempt for failing to respond to a congressional subpoena.  Burchett votes no.

HR 4, Aug. 24, 2021, John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Burchett votes no.  He also voted against the Voting Rights Advancement Act, Dec. 6, 2019.

HR 1187, June 16, 2021 Environmental Disclosure Simplification Act

Requires companies that sell stock to disclose to shareholders certain environmental, social, and governance metrics; requires the Securities and Exchange Commission to make easier the flow of capital toward environmentally sustainable investments.  Burchett votes No.

HR 1603, March 18, 2021, Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Sets minimum standards for employer treatment of persons in temporary agricultural worker programs.  Agricultural employers must use the E-Verify program when hiring individuals for work on farms and ranches.   Burchett votes No.

HR 8, March 11, 2021, Bipartisan Background Checks Act

Establishes requirement for background checks for firearms sales between private parties—effectively closing the gun show loophole.  Exempts some exchanges, such as gifts between spouses.  Burchett votes No; and voted against the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 (March 11, 2021, HR 1446).

HR 842, March 9, 2021, Protecting the Right to Organize Act

 Expands labor protections for employees to organize and bargain collectively in the workplace.  Burchett votes No.

HR5, Feb. 25, 2021, Equality Act

 Prohibits discrimination in public accommodation based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  Burchett votes No; failed to vote on earlier version, May 17, 2019.

H. Res. 24, Jan. 13, 2021

Impeaching Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors for incitement of insurrection.  Burchett votes no.

Jan 6 & 7, 2021

Objecting to Pennsylvania’s presidential electors, objecting to Arizona’s presidential electors.  Burchett votes for both.

 HR 3755, Sept. 24, 2021

Women’s Health Protection Act.  Prohibits government restrictions on abortion services, including banning restrictions on telemedicine, certain drugs, and the imposition of medically irrelevant procedures and conditions.  HR 3755, Sept. 24, 2021, Burchett votes no.

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act HR 1280, March 3, 2021

  • lowers the criminal intent standard—from willful to knowing or reckless—to convict a law enforcement officer for misconduct in a federal prosecution,
  • limits qualified immunity as a defense to liability in a private civil action against a law enforcement officer, and
  • grants administrative subpoena power to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in pattern-or-practice investigations.
  • limits the unnecessary use of force and restricts the use of no-knock warrants, chokeholds, and carotid holds.
  • creates a national registry to compile data on complaints and records of police misconduct. 
  • establishes new reporting requirements, including on the use of force, officer misconduct, and routine policing practices (e.g., stops and searches).
  • directs DOJ to create uniform accreditation standards for law enforcement agencies and requires law enforcement officers to complete training on racial profiling, implicit bias, and the duty to intervene when another officer uses excessive force.

      Burchett votes no.

HR 803, Feb. 26, 2020

Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, also known as the Colorado Wilderness Act, Burchett votes no.

HR 1280, March 3, 2021

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, HR 1280, March 3, 2021, increases accountability for law enforcement misconduct, restricts the use of certain policing practices, enhances transparency and data collection, and establishes best practices and training requirements.  It requires training in implicit bias, and creates a duty to intervene when another officer is using excessive force.  Burchett votes no.

Burchett also joined a “friend of the court” brief supporting the Mississippi law that severely restricts abortion rights, and implores the court to end the women’s rights privacy protections of Roe v. Wade, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Burchett has co-sponsored a number of extreme, awful, and bizarre bills, including:

–       Prohibiting any rule that a member of the armed forces must get a COVID-19 vaccination (HR 3860).

–       Blocking public health care funds being used for abortion (HR 18, HR 243).

–       Condemning and censuring Trump critic Rep. Adam Schiff (HRes 604 and 630).

–       Perpetuating the lie that there was substantial fraud in 2020 election (HR 8285).

–       Creating a national version of the anti-union “right to work” law (HR 2571).

–       Eliminating the Department of Education (HR 899).

–       Make it difficult to fight COVID globally by insisting on US property rights (HRes 484).