Call it the “Mark of the Beast,” or a massive step forward in governmental control over people’s lives, the planting of micro-chip tracking devices in humans is a very controversial issue. The fear is that, like most government programs, what starts off as small and relatively unobtrusive eventually grows into a monstrosity. The income tax would be a perfect example.
Thus far, we have a bill that overwhelming passed in the House of Representatives to implant micro-chips into people who have mental disorders that might cause them to get lost or disappear thereby endangering themselves. The hope would be that the chip would enable officials to locate such persons before they might suffer injury.
While it is difficult to argue against measures that might help those with disabilities, the question is whether the definition of those to be chipped might be expanded to include vastly larger segments of the population — in the interest of their own safety, of course.
In May of 2016, we tried to warn people that, “If this administration gets their way, you and your child will be microchipped.”
H. R. 4919 would also require the attorney general to consult with the secretary of health and human services and other health organizations to come up with best practices for the tracking devices. Cited as the “Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2016”, this bill is ambiguous and gets into some serious gray areas.
As mentioned, this bill passed in the House with overwhelming bi-partisan support. It has yet to be passed in the Senate.
Rep. Gohmert of Texas spoke against the bill on the floor of the House.
“While this initiative may have noble intentions, ‘small and temporary’ programs in the name of safety and security often evolve into permanent and enlarged bureaucracies that infringe on the American people’s freedoms. That is exactly what we have here. A safety problem exists for people with Alzheimer’s, autism and other mental health issues, so the fix, we are told, is to have the Department of Justice, start a tracking program so we can use some device or method to track these individuals 24/7.”
This is a real danger, not just in the expansion of governmental surveillance power that this portends, but also the likelihood that the initiative will take the typical path of starting small and growing into something that presents a real danger to our liberties.
Statistically Notable Votes
Vote Party Representative District Nay R Byrne, Bradley AL 1st Nay R Palmer, Gary AL 6th Nay R Young, Don AK Nay R Issa, Darrell CA 49th Nay R Hunter, Duncan CA 50th Nay R Buck, Ken CO 4th Nay R Hice, Jody GA 10th Nay R Loudermilk, Barry GA 11th Nay R Allen, Rick GA 12th Nay R Labrador, Raúl ID 1st
Vote Party Representative District Nay R Massie, Thomas KY 4th Nay R Graves, Garret LA 6th Nay R Amash, Justin MI 3rd Nay R Emmer, Tom MN 6th Nay R Smith, Jason MO 8th Nay R Garrett, Scott NJ 5th Nay D Payne, Donald NJ 10th Nay R Foxx, Virginia NC 5th Nay R Walker, Mark NC 6th Nay R Rouzer, David NC 7th
Vote Party Representative District Nay R Davidson, Warren OH 8th Nay R Russell, Steve OK 5th Nay R Perry, Scott PA 4th Nay R Sanford, Mark SC 1st Nay R Williams, Roger TX 25th Nay R Love, Mia UT 4th Nay R Brat, Dave VA 7th Nay R Griffith, Morgan VA 9th Nay R Mooney, Alex WV 2nd
Statistically notable votes are the votes that are most surprising, or least predictable, given how other members of each voter’s party voted and other factors.
Vote Party Representative District Alabama Nay R Byrne, Bradley AL 1st Yea R Roby, Martha AL 2nd Yea R Rogers, Mike AL 3rd Yea R Aderholt, Robert AL 4th Nay R Brooks, Mo AL 5th Nay R Palmer, Gary AL 6th Yea D Sewell, Terri AL 7th Alaska Nay R Young, Don AK Arizona No Vote D Kirkpatrick, Ann AZ 1st Yea R McSally, Martha AZ 2nd Yea D Grijalva, Raúl AZ 3rd Nay R Gosar, Paul AZ 4th Yea R Salmon, Matt AZ 5th Yea R Schweikert, David AZ 6th Yea D Gallego, Ruben AZ 7th Yea R Franks, Trent AZ 8th Yea D Sinema, Kyrsten AZ 9th Arkansas Yea R Crawford, Eric AR 1st Nay R Hill, French AR 2nd Yea R Womack, Steve AR 3rd Yea R Westerman, Bruce AR 4th California Yea R LaMalfa, Doug CA 1st Yea D Huffman, Jared CA 2nd Yea D Garamendi, John CA 3rd Yea R McClintock, Tom CA 4th Yea D Thompson, Mike CA 5th Yea D Matsui, Doris CA 6th Yea D Bera, Ami CA 7th Yea R Cook, Paul CA 8th Yea D McNerney, Jerry CA 9th Yea R Denham, Jeff CA 10th Yea D DeSaulnier, Mark CA 11th Yea D Pelosi, Nancy CA 12th Yea D Lee, Barbara CA 13th Yea D Speier, Jackie CA 14th Yea D Swalwell, Eric CA 15th Yea D Costa, Jim CA 16th Yea D Honda, Mike CA 17th Yea D Eshoo, Anna CA 18th Yea D Lofgren, Zoe CA 19th Yea D Farr, Sam CA 20th Yea R Valadao, David CA 21st Yea R Nunes, Devin CA 22nd Yea R McCarthy, Kevin CA 23rd Yea D Capps, Lois CA 24th Yea R Knight, Steve CA 25th Yea D Brownley, Julia CA 26th Yea D Chu, Judy CA 27th Yea D Schiff, Adam CA 28th Yea D Cárdenas, Tony CA 29th Yea D Sherman, Brad CA 30th Yea D Aguilar, Pete CA 31st Yea D Napolitano, Grace CA 32nd Yea D Lieu, Ted CA 33rd Yea D Becerra, Xavier CA 34th Yea D Torres, Norma CA 35th Yea D Ruiz, Raul CA 36th Yea D Bass, Karen CA 37th Yea D Sánchez, Linda CA 38th Yea R Royce, Ed CA 39th Yea D Roybal-Allard, Lucille CA 40th Yea D Takano, Mark CA 41st Yea R Calvert, Ken CA 42nd Yea D Waters, Maxine CA 43rd Yea R Walters, Mimi CA 45th No Vote D Sanchez, Loretta CA 46th Yea D Lowenthal, Alan CA 47th Yea R Rohrabacher, Dana CA 48th Nay R Issa, Darrell CA 49th Nay R Hunter, Duncan CA 50th Yea D Vargas, Juan CA 51st No Vote D Peters, Scott CA 52nd Yea D Davis, Susan CA 53rd Colorado Yea D DeGette, Diana CO 1st Yea D Polis, Jared CO 2nd Yea R Tipton, Scott CO 3rd Nay R Buck, Ken CO 4th Yea R Lamborn, Doug CO 5th Yea R Coffman, Mike CO 6th Yea D Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th Connecticut Yea D Larson, John CT 1st Yea D Courtney, Joe CT 2nd Yea D DeLauro, Rosa CT 3rd Yea D Himes, James CT 4th Yea D Esty, Elizabeth CT 5th Delaware Yea D Carney, John DE Florida Yea R Miller, Jeff FL 1st Yea D Graham, Gwen FL 2nd Nay R Yoho, Ted FL 3rd Yea R Crenshaw, Ander FL 4th Yea D Brown, Corrine FL 5th Yea R DeSantis, Ron FL 6th Yea R Mica, John FL 7th Nay R Posey, Bill FL 8th Yea D Grayson, Alan FL 9th Yea R Webster, Daniel FL 10th Yea R Nugent, Richard FL 11th Yea R Bilirakis, Gus FL 12th Yea R Jolly, David FL 13th Yea D Castor, Kathy FL 14th Yea R Ross, Dennis FL 15th Yea R Buchanan, Vern FL 16th Yea R Rooney, Thomas FL 17th Yea D Murphy, Patrick FL 18th No Vote R Clawson, Curt FL 19th Yea D Hastings, Alcee FL 20th Yea D Deutch, Theodore FL 21st Yea D Frankel, Lois FL 22nd Yea D Wasserman Schultz, Debbie FL 23rd Yea D Wilson, Frederica FL 24th Yea R Diaz-Balart, Mario FL 25th Yea R Curbelo, Carlos FL 26th Yea R Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana FL 27th Georgia Yea R Carter, Buddy GA 1st Yea D Bishop, Sanford GA 2nd No Vote R Westmoreland, Lynn GA 3rd Yea D Johnson, Hank GA 4th Yea D Lewis, John GA 5th No Vote R Price, Tom GA 6th Yea R Woodall, Rob GA 7th Yea R Scott, Austin GA 8th Yea R Collins, Doug GA 9th Nay R Hice, Jody GA 10th Nay R Loudermilk, Barry GA 11th Nay R Allen, Rick GA 12th Yea D Scott, David GA 13th Nay R Graves, Tom GA 14th Hawaii Yea D Hanabusa, Colleen HI 1st Yea D Gabbard, Tulsi HI 2nd Idaho Nay R Labrador, Raúl ID 1st Yea R Simpson, Mike ID 2nd Illinois Yea D Rush, Bobby IL 1st Yea D Kelly, Robin IL 2nd Yea D Lipinski, Daniel IL 3rd Yea D Gutiérrez, Luis IL 4th Yea D Quigley, Mike IL 5th Yea R Roskam, Peter IL 6th Yea D Davis, Danny IL 7th Yea D Duckworth, Tammy IL 8th Yea D Schakowsky, Jan IL 9th Yea R Dold, Bob IL 10th Yea D Foster, Bill IL 11th Yea R Bost, Mike IL 12th Yea R Davis, Rodney IL 13th Yea R Hultgren, Randy IL 14th Yea R Shimkus, John IL 15th Yea R Kinzinger, Adam IL 16th Yea D Bustos, Cheri IL 17th
Vote Party Representative District Yea R LaHood, Darin IL 18th Indiana Yea D Visclosky, Peter IN 1st Yea R Walorski, Jackie IN 2nd Nay R Stutzman, Marlin IN 3rd Yea R Rokita, Todd IN 4th Yea R Brooks, Susan IN 5th Yea R Messer, Luke IN 6th Yea D Carson, André IN 7th Yea R Bucshon, Larry IN 8th Yea R Young, Todd IN 9th Iowa Yea R Blum, Rod IA 1st Yea D Loebsack, David IA 2nd Yea R Young, David IA 3rd Nay R King, Steve IA 4th Kansas Nay R Huelskamp, Tim KS 1st Yea R Jenkins, Lynn KS 2nd Yea R Yoder, Kevin KS 3rd No Vote R Pompeo, Mike KS 4th Kentucky Nay R Comer, James KY 1st Nay R Guthrie, Brett KY 2nd Yea D Yarmuth, John KY 3rd Nay R Massie, Thomas KY 4th Yea R Rogers, Hal KY 5th Yea R Barr, Andy KY 6th Louisiana Yea R Scalise, Steve LA 1st No Vote D Richmond, Cedric LA 2nd Yea R Boustany, Charles LA 3rd Nay R Fleming, John LA 4th Yea R Abraham, Ralph LA 5th Nay R Graves, Garret LA 6th Maine Yea D Pingree, Chellie ME 1st Yea R Poliquin, Bruce ME 2nd Maryland Nay R Harris, Andy MD 1st Yea D Ruppersberger, A. Dutch MD 2nd Yea D Sarbanes, John MD 3rd Yea D Edwards, Donna MD 4th Yea D Hoyer, Steny MD 5th Yea D Delaney, John MD 6th Yea D Cummings, Elijah MD 7th No Vote D Van Hollen, Chris MD 8th Massachusetts Yea D Neal, Richard MA 1st Yea D McGovern, Jim MA 2nd Yea D Tsongas, Niki MA 3rd Yea D Kennedy, Joseph MA 4th Yea D Clark, Katherine MA 5th Yea D Moulton, Seth MA 6th Yea D Capuano, Michael MA 7th Yea D Lynch, Stephen MA 8th Yea D Keating, William MA 9th Michigan Yea R Benishek, Dan MI 1st Nay R Huizenga, Bill MI 2nd Nay R Amash, Justin MI 3rd Yea R Moolenaar, John MI 4th Yea D Kildee, Daniel MI 5th Yea R Upton, Fred MI 6th Yea R Walberg, Tim MI 7th Yea R Bishop, Mike MI 8th Yea D Levin, Sander MI 9th Yea R Miller, Candice MI 10th Yea R Trott, Dave MI 11th Yea D Dingell, Debbie MI 12th Yea D Conyers, John MI 13th Yea D Lawrence, Brenda MI 14th Minnesota Yea D Walz, Timothy MN 1st Yea R Kline, John MN 2nd Yea R Paulsen, Erik MN 3rd Yea D McCollum, Betty MN 4th Yea D Ellison, Keith MN 5th Nay R Emmer, Tom MN 6th Yea D Peterson, Collin MN 7th Yea D Nolan, Richard MN 8th Mississippi Nay R Kelly, Trent MS 1st Yea D Thompson, Bennie MS 2nd Yea R Harper, Gregg MS 3rd Nay R Palazzo, Steven MS 4th Missouri Yea D Clay, Lacy MO 1st Yea R Wagner, Ann MO 2nd Yea R Luetkemeyer, Blaine MO 3rd Yea R Hartzler, Vicky MO 4th Yea D Cleaver, Emanuel MO 5th No Vote R Graves, Sam MO 6th Nay R Long, Billy MO 7th Nay R Smith, Jason MO 8th Montana Yea R Zinke, Ryan MT Nebraska Yea R Fortenberry, Jeff NE 1st No Vote D Ashford, Brad NE 2nd Yea R Smith, Adrian NE 3rd Nevada Yea D Titus, Dina NV 1st No Vote R Amodei, Mark NV 2nd Yea R Heck, Joseph NV 3rd Yea R Hardy, Cresent NV 4th New Hampshire Yea R Guinta, Frank NH 1st Yea D Kuster, Ann NH 2nd New Jersey Yea D Norcross, Donald NJ 1st Yea R LoBiondo, Frank NJ 2nd Yea R MacArthur, Tom NJ 3rd Yea R Smith, Chris NJ 4th Nay R Garrett, Scott NJ 5th Yea D Pallone, Frank NJ 6th Yea R Lance, Leonard NJ 7th Yea D Sires, Albio NJ 8th Yea D Pascrell, Bill NJ 9th Nay D Payne, Donald NJ 10th Yea R Frelinghuysen, Rodney NJ 11th Yea D Watson Coleman, Bonnie NJ 12th New Mexico Yea D Lujan Grisham, Michelle NM 1st Nay R Pearce, Steve NM 2nd Yea D Luján, Ben NM 3rd New York Yea R Zeldin, Lee NY 1st Yea R King, Pete NY 2nd Yea D Israel, Steve NY 3rd Yea D Rice, Kathleen NY 4th Yea D Meeks, Gregory NY 5th Yea D Meng, Grace NY 6th Yea D Velázquez, Nydia NY 7th Yea D Jeffries, Hakeem NY 8th Yea D Clarke, Yvette NY 9th Yea D Nadler, Jerrold NY 10th Yea R Donovan, Daniel NY 11th Yea D Maloney, Carolyn NY 12th Yea D Rangel, Charles NY 13th Yea D Crowley, Joe NY 14th Yea D Serrano, José NY 15th Yea D Engel, Eliot NY 16th Yea D Lowey, Nita NY 17th Yea D Maloney, Sean NY 18th No Vote R Gibson, Christopher NY 19th Yea D Tonko, Paul NY 20th Yea R Stefanik, Elise NY 21st Yea R Hanna, Richard NY 22nd Yea R Reed, Tom NY 23rd Yea R Katko, John NY 24th Yea D Slaughter, Louise NY 25th Yea D Higgins, Brian NY 26th Yea R Collins, Chris NY 27th North Carolina Yea D Butterfield, G.K. NC 1st No Vote R Ellmers, Renee NC 2nd Nay R Jones, Walter NC 3rd Yea D Price, David NC 4th Nay R Foxx, Virginia NC 5th Nay R Walker, Mark NC 6th
Vote Party Representative District Nay R Rouzer, David NC 7th Yea R Hudson, Richard NC 8th Yea R Pittenger, Robert NC 9th Yea R McHenry, Patrick NC 10th Nay R Meadows, Mark NC 11th Yea D Adams, Alma NC 12th Yea R Holding, George NC 13th North Dakota Yea R Cramer, Kevin ND Ohio Yea R Chabot, Steve OH 1st No Vote R Wenstrup, Brad OH 2nd Yea D Beatty, Joyce OH 3rd Nay R Jordan, Jim OH 4th Yea R Latta, Robert OH 5th Yea R Johnson, Bill OH 6th Yea R Gibbs, Bob OH 7th Nay R Davidson, Warren OH 8th Yea D Kaptur, Marcy OH 9th Yea R Turner, Michael OH 10th Yea D Fudge, Marcia OH 11th Yea R Tiberi, Pat OH 12th Yea D Ryan, Tim OH 13th Yea R Joyce, David OH 14th Yea R Stivers, Steve OH 15th Yea R Renacci, James OH 16th Oklahoma Nay R Bridenstine, Jim OK 1st Yea R Mullin, Markwayne OK 2nd Yea R Lucas, Frank OK 3rd Yea R Cole, Tom OK 4th Nay R Russell, Steve OK 5th Oregon Yea D Bonamici, Suzanne OR 1st Yea R Walden, Greg OR 2nd Yea D Blumenauer, Earl OR 3rd Yea D DeFazio, Peter OR 4th Yea D Schrader, Kurt OR 5th Pennsylvania Yea D Brady, Robert PA 1st Yea D Evans, Dwight PA 2nd Yea R Kelly, Mike PA 3rd Nay R Perry, Scott PA 4th Yea R Thompson, Glenn PA 5th Yea R Costello, Ryan PA 6th Yea R Meehan, Patrick PA 7th Yea R Fitzpatrick, Michael PA 8th Yea R Shuster, Bill PA 9th Yea R Marino, Tom PA 10th Yea R Barletta, Lou PA 11th Yea R Rothfus, Keith PA 12th Yea D Boyle, Brendan PA 13th Yea D Doyle, Mike PA 14th Yea R Dent, Charles PA 15th Yea R Pitts, Joseph PA 16th Yea D Cartwright, Matthew PA 17th Yea R Murphy, Tim PA 18th Rhode Island Yea D Cicilline, David RI 1st Yea D Langevin, Jim RI 2nd South Carolina Nay R Sanford, Mark SC 1st Yea R Wilson, Joe SC 2nd Nay R Duncan, Jeff SC 3rd Yea R Gowdy, Trey SC 4th Nay R Mulvaney, Mick SC 5th No Vote D Clyburn, Jim SC 6th Yea R Rice, Tom SC 7th South Dakota Yea R Noem, Kristi SD Tennessee Yea R Roe, Phil TN 1st Yea R Duncan, John TN 2nd Yea R Fleischmann, Chuck TN 3rd Nay R DesJarlais, Scott TN 4th Yea D Cooper, Jim TN 5th Yea R Black, Diane TN 6th Yea R Blackburn, Marsha TN 7th No Vote R Fincher, Stephen TN 8th Yea D Cohen, Steve TN 9th Texas Nay R Gohmert, Louie TX 1st No Vote R Poe, Ted TX 2nd Nay R Johnson, Sam TX 3rd Yea R Ratcliffe, John TX 4th Nay R Hensarling, Jeb TX 5th Yea R Barton, Joe TX 6th Yea R Culberson, John TX 7th Yea R Brady, Kevin TX 8th Yea D Green, Al TX 9th No Vote R McCaul, Michael TX 10th Yea R Conaway, Michael TX 11th Yea R Granger, Kay TX 12th Yea R Thornberry, Mac TX 13th Nay R Weber, Randy TX 14th Yea D Hinojosa, Rubén TX 15th Yea D O’Rourke, Beto TX 16th Yea R Flores, Bill TX 17th Yea D Jackson Lee, Sheila TX 18th Nay R Neugebauer, Randy TX 19th Yea D Castro, Joaquin TX 20th Yea R Smith, Lamar TX 21st No Vote R Olson, Pete TX 22nd Yea R Hurd, Will TX 23rd Nay R Marchant, Kenny TX 24th Nay R Williams, Roger TX 25th Yea R Burgess, Michael TX 26th Nay R Farenthold, Blake TX 27th Yea D Cuellar, Henry TX 28th Yea D Green, Gene TX 29th Yea D Johnson, Eddie TX 30th Yea R Carter, John TX 31st Yea R Sessions, Pete TX 32nd Yea D Veasey, Marc TX 33rd Yea D Vela, Filemon TX 34th Yea D Doggett, Lloyd TX 35th Nay R Babin, Brian TX 36th Utah Yea R Bishop, Rob UT 1st Nay R Stewart, Chris UT 2nd Nay R Chaffetz, Jason UT 3rd Nay R Love, Mia UT 4th Vermont Yea D Welch, Peter VT Virginia Nay R Wittman, Robert VA 1st Yea R Rigell, Scott VA 2nd Yea D Scott, Bobby VA 3rd No Vote R Forbes, Randy VA 4th Yea R Hurt, Robert VA 5th Yea R Goodlatte, Bob VA 6th Nay R Brat, Dave VA 7th Yea D Beyer, Donald VA 8th Nay R Griffith, Morgan VA 9th Yea R Comstock, Barbara VA 10th Yea D Connolly, Gerald VA 11th Washington Yea D DelBene, Suzan WA 1st Yea D Larsen, Rick WA 2nd Yea R Herrera Beutler, Jaime WA 3rd Yea R Newhouse, Dan WA 4th Yea R McMorris Rodgers, Cathy WA 5th Yea D Kilmer, Derek WA 6th Yea D McDermott, Jim WA 7th Yea R Reichert, David WA 8th Yea D Smith, Adam WA 9th Yea D Heck, Denny WA 10th West Virginia Yea R McKinley, David WV 1st Nay R Mooney, Alex WV 2nd Yea R Jenkins, Evan WV 3rd Wisconsin Yea D Pocan, Mark WI 2nd Yea D Kind, Ron WI 3rd Yea D Moore, Gwen WI 4th Yea R Sensenbrenner, James WI 5th Yea R Grothman, Glenn WI 6th Yea R Duffy, Sean WI 7th Yea R Ribble, Reid WI 8th Wyoming Nay R Lummis, Cynthia WY