House legislation proposed by Republicans to denounce socialism was approved when 109 Democrats joined all GOP members for a 328-86 margin. An additional 14 Democrats voted “present,” a procedural vote that registers their presence but not their stand on the legislation.
The verified Twitter account of Greg Price posted the entire list of congressional votes indicating the 86 Democrats who voted “nay” and the 14 who voted “present.”
The Wednesday congressional resolution condemned socialism and the destruction it has wrought throughout history. The bill affirmed for many House members that socialist polices have no place in The United States.
House Resolution 9 declared socialist ideology necessitates a concentration of power that has time and time again collapsed into communist regimes, totalitarian rule and brutal dictatorships.
“Socialism has repeatedly led to famine and mass murders, and the killing of over 100,000,000 people worldwide,” continued the resolution.
Further declarations in the resolution detail numerous historical examples that resulted in tens of millions of deaths worldwide.
“Congress denounces socialism in all its forms, and opposes the implementation of socialist policies in the United States of America,” concluded the resolution, with the Senate concurring.
The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL) January 25 before the House Finance Committee forwarded it to the floor for a full vote.
“Socialists are in the business of power, and it only takes one generation to believe their false promises and lose our freedom. It is a lie that socialism will solve your problems,” Salazar declared during floor debate. “Socialism should NEVER take root in America.”
Salazar’s opposition to socialism was instilled by her parents, who were forced to flee Cuba after the rise of socialist dictator Fidel Castro, according to a report in The Western Journal.
Rep. Young Kim (R-CA) added her personal experience with the ideology denounced in the resolution.
“As an immigrant who grew up in South Korea during the aftermath of the Korean War, I know firsthand the horror, the destruction, that socialism has brought to millions of families in the Korean Peninsula under the evil regime of the Kim dynasty to now, Kim Jong Un,” Kim said. “Socialism divided my family and friends between North and South.”
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