Which Democrats voted to repeal Obama administration welfare changes?

September 21, 2012

The House voted Thursday on a bill that Republicans say would reverse the Obama administration’s recent changes in welfare-to-work requirements.

The changes would force the Department of Health and Human Services to revoke new guidelines that would give states more flexibility on how to administer the welfare program. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and GOP lawmakers have seized on the issue by accusing President Obama of trying to gut one of the landmark bipartisan deals of the 1990s.

The bill passed 250 to 146, according to The Washington Post Congressional Votes Database. Nineteen Democrats voted with Republicans to approve the bill. Who were they? Check the list below:

Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.)

Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.)

Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.)

Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa)

Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.)

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)

Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.)

Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.)

Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.)

Rep. David Loebsack (D-Iowa)

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.)

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah)

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.)

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.)

Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine)

Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)

Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.)

Vote notes: Collectively, this group of 19 Democrats votes the party-line just 75.6 percent of the time, according to the database’s calculations. Several of these Democrats face difficult reelections in conservative districts — Barrow, Kissell, Matheson, McIntyre and Hochul especially. Donnelly is in a close race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat and several of the Democrats are retiring this year, including Boren and Shuler.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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