Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Justin Amash, Republican Freshman, Bucks His Party -

Justin Amash, Republican Freshman, Bucks His Party - - Jennifer Steinhauer, Apr. 14, 2011:

"Mr. Amash, 30, a lawyer and the youngest member of the freshman class, ... has voted against his party on important symbolic measures, like one that would strip financing from Planned Parenthood, and those most minor, like a measure to amend the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act to extend its termination date.

"On Thursday, he voted against an agreement the leaders of his party hatched with Democrats to keep the government open for the rest of the year — and he won’t be the only member to do so....

"Often, when Mr. Amash agrees with the spirit of a measure, but not its constitutional basis, he votes “present,” as he did on a bill to take money from public broadcasting. If baffled colleagues seek an explanation, they can find it on his Facebook page, where he assiduously explains every vote.

'“I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution,' said Mr. Amash.... 'And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty.'"

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