Votes & Co-Sponsorships
Also listed are Democrat-supported bills that Gabbard hasn't co-sponsored and occasions when she's introduced her own bills that are supported by Republicans rather than supporting the existing Democrat version.
Islamaphobic and Anti-Refugee Votes
In 2014, Tulsi Gabbard called on the Obama Administration to immediately suspend the Visa Waiver Program for countries -- like Britain, Germany, and France -- that have citizens fighting alongside Islamic extremists in the Middle East or elsewhere. Civil Beat reported on her statements.
In 2015, Gabbard voted with Republicans to restrict Syrian refugees.
Gun Control Votes
Gabbard voted with 11 Democrats and 228 Republicans to pass HR 1181 in 2017 to reduce gun restrictions for mentally ill veterans. On March 10, 2018, Gabby Giffords' husband Captain Mark Kelly, who is currently running for US Senate, made this statement about the Yountville, California shooting.
Gun Control Co-Sponsorships
Gabbard did not co-sponsor the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015. She only co-sponsored the 2018 version of the 2015 bill, HR 5087, after a celebrity raised the issue on Twitter. She was 171st out of 176 co-sponsors.
The Assault Weapons Ban was one of many bills that was discussed after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018. Gabbard signed her name to a few gun control bills about two weeks after the shooting, such as HR 4240, HR 1612, and HR 1478.
Gabbard never co-sponsored HR 3464, the "Background Check Completion Act of 2017," though she has signed on to two background check bills in the 2019-2020 Congress.
Civil Beat referred to Gabbard's gun control record as a "moving target."
Gabbard also co-sponsored "bi-partisan" gun-control bills that had limited scope and support. For example, in November 2017, she became the only co-sponsor of HR 4365, the "Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act," introduced by Republican Scott Taylor, who has an "A" Rating from the National Rifle Association. The bill focused on the prompt reporting for national instant criminal background check system purposes of members of the Armed Forces convicted of domestic violence offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice .
A different bill protecting all domestic violence and stalking victims, HR 2670, was introduced in July 2017, and ultimately had 86 co-sponsors. Gabbard became the 76th co-sponsor in December 2017 -- after she signed on to Taylor's bill.
Similar to HR 4365, on March 14, 2018, Gabbard joined two Republicans, Brian Mast and Peter King, to introduce HR 5286, the "Mass Violence Prevention Reform Act." No other members of Congress in either party ever added their names to the bill.
Tweet by Tulsi Gabbard's sister Vrindavan's summer 2019
In the 2019-2020 116th Congress, Gabbard continues to avoid co-sponsoring gun control legislation. As of September 8, 2019, she has not added her name to:
HR 1186 -Keep Americans Safe Act, which as of 9/8/19 had 141 Democratic co-sponsors.
H.R.1236 - Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019, which as of 9/8/19 had 170 Democratic co-sponsors and two Republican co-sponsors,
H.R.2708 - Disarm Hate Act, which as of 9/8/19 had 140 Democratic co-sponsors.
Affordable Care Act - Implementation of Tax Penalties and IPAB Votes
In 2014, Gabbard was one of just 27 Democrats who voted with House Republicans to pass HR 4118 to delay tax penalties for failing to buy health insurance under ObamaCare. Most of the Democrats who voted for the bill were seen as vulnerable in their next elections. Gabbard had no opponent in the Democratic Primary in 2014.
Rep Colleen Hanabusa, who voted against the bill, said, “This marks the House GOP’s 50th vote to weaken, undermine, or repeal the Affordable Care Act, and we just voted on a bill identical to this one back in July."
Then In 2017, Gabbard voted with 76 Democrats and 231 Republicans on HR 849 to abolish the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), derogatorily referred to as "death panels" by Republicans.
According to the Washington Post Editorial Board:
"In a health-care bill that was mostly about extending benefits to uninsured Americans, the IPAB was one of the few checks on how much national wealth would go to the inefficient health-care industry. If Medicare spending growth breached relatively generous targets, the expert panel would recommend money-saving payment reforms — though it could not ration care, increase premiums or eliminate benefits. The board’s recommendations would automatically phase in unless Congress objected. If anything, the law limited the experts too much."
Homeland Security Vote
Gabbard voted with 158 Democrats and 227 Republicans on HR 2825 to pass the Homeland Security Reauthorization Act. The vast majority of Democrats and Republicans voted for reauthorization with 32 Democrats and 9 GOP voting no. Reasons raised for voting against the law include the cost/wastefulness, controversial surveillance strategies, ICE, and an added section that would allow the President to send secret service agents to polling places,
Incarceration of Minors Vote
Gabbard voted with 137 Democrats and 231 Republicans to pass HR 761, Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017. Progressives like Ellison, Jayapal, Khanna, Pocan, Grijalva, Schakowsky, and Takano all voted against the bill because rather than protecting children against sexual predators, it in fact puts them at legal risk.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, called the measure "deadly and counterproductive," and commented during a House debate over the issue, "While the bill is well intended, it is overbroad in scope and will punish the very people it indicates it is designed to protect: our children, [and] exacerbate overwhelming concerns with the unfair and unjust mandatory minimum sentencing that contributes to the overcriminalization of juveniles and mass incarceration generally."
Election Bill Co-Sponsorships
Gabbard introduced HR 5147, the Secure Elections Act of 2018. The bill ultimately gained three co-sponsors.
Several other bills to protect the election process were introduced in the 2017-2018 session with various levels of support. The following list shows the number of co-sponsors for bills by the end of the session. Gabbard only signed on to HR 12. She was the 181st co-sponsor.
HR 12, Voter Empowerment Act (186 cosponsors)
HR 5011. Election Security Act (126 cosponsors)
HR 3132, Restoring Confidence in America's Elections Act (24 cosponsors)
HR 1562, SAFE Act (25 cosponsors)
HR 3751, PAPER Act (20 cosponsors)
HR 4276, Safeguarding Election Infrastructure Act (10 cosponsors)
HR 1398, Fast Voting Act of 2017 (4 cosponsors)
Gabbard introduced HR 3671, Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act in September 2017, with a goal of 100% clean energy by 2035.
In June 2015, Hawaii became the first state in the country to pass a 100% clean energy law, seeking to reach 100% renewable energy by 2045.
Stop Arming Terrorists
On January 23, 2017, Gabbard introduced HR 608 - the Stop Arming Terrorists Act. The bill was co-sponsored by eight Republicans and six democrats for a total of 14 co-sponsors. It prohibits the use of federal agency funds to provide covered assistance to: (1) Al Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or any individual or group that is affiliated with, associated with, cooperating with, or adherents to such groups.
On March 8, 2017, Rand Paul submitted a companion bill in the Senate, S 532, which never gained a single co-sponsor.
When Gabbard conducted town halls on Maui in April 2017, Hawaii constituents asked her whether Bernie Sanders supported the bill.
Blocking Implementation of Muslim Ban -- No Co-Sponsorship
On November 7, 2017, Rep. Judy Chu introduced H.R.4271 - To block the implementation of certain presidential actions that restrict individuals from certain countries from entering the United States. The bill would would prohibit the use of any funds or fees to implement Executive Order 13780, which Trump signed in March 2017, also known as the "Muslim Ban." Hawaii was one of the first state's to challenge the Muslim Ban. Gabbard never signed on to Chu's bill.
Special Counsel Independence -- No Co-Sponsorship
On April 11, 2018, Rep. Jerold Nadler introduced H.R.5476 - - Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act. The bill sets forth requirements and limitations with respect to the removal from office of a special counsel appointed by the Attorney General, or of another official appointed by the Attorney General who exercises a similar degree of independence from the Department of Justice (DOJ) chain of command. Ultimately, 132 Democrats co-sponsored the bill. Gabbard never signed.