(FiveNation.com)- On Tuesday, the House passed a bipartisan bill to protect human trafficking victims by voting 401-20.
Under federal investigation for the alleged sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, Rep. Matt Gaetz voted against reauthorizing the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention & Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022.
While 183 Democrats and 183 Republicans voted for the measure, 20 Republicans voted against it.
1. Brian Babin of Texas
2. Andy Biggs of Arizona
3. Lauren Boebert of Colorado
4. Mo Brooks of Alabama
5. Ken Buck of Colorado
6. Andrew Clyde of Georgia
7. Matt Gaetz of Florida
8. Louis Gohmert of Texas
9. Paul Gosar of Arizona
10. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia
11. Andy Harris of Maryland
12. Jody Hice of Georgia
13. Thomas Massie of Kentucky
14. Thomas M. McClintock of California
15. Mary Miller of Illinois
16. Troy Nehls of Texas
17. Ralph Norman of South Carolina
18. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
19. Chip Roy of Texas
20. Van Taylor of Texas
Gaetz said he voted against the measure because of the government’s failure to precisely and explicitly defined human trafficking, which allows this legislation to operate as a backdoor loophole for illegal immigration and amnesty.
Gaetz’s spokeswoman claimed the law costs over $500 million to administer and funds wasteful grant schemes.
Gaetz voted “no” on a human trafficking measure in December 2017. The law created an advisory council to coordinate efforts to combat human trafficking.
The Florida congressman claimed he voted against the measure to prevent new federal institutions, calling it “mission creep” and “federal government growth.”
When the New York Times disclosed in 2021 that Gaetz was being investigated for suspected sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, many perceived a connection between his 2017 lone vote and the inquiry.
The FBI probe into the Florida congressman was initiated in the closing months of the Trump administration, following an inquiry into Gaetz’s political buddy Joel Greenberg, who has subsequently pled guilty to sex trafficking.
Investigators are investigating whether Gaetz paid a 17-year-old girl for sex and for her to go across state lines with him, which would be sex trafficking under federal law.
Gaetz’s spokeswoman said these charges are untrue and stem from a criminal shakedown of Congressman Gaetz’s family.
The Washington Post said that Gaetz arranged dates with women in return for dinner or hotel stays, which is unlawful only if money was exchanged for sex. Greenberg penned a letter accusing Gaetz of paying for sex with women.
Marc Short, Mike Pence’s former chief of staff, said he’d be “surprised” if Gaetz is still voting in 2024.
“He’ll be in prison for child trafficking by 2024,” he claimed. “I’m not worried about Matt Gaetz,” Short remarked.
After Gaetz rejected a human trafficking law again, accusations spread on social media that he voted out of personal interest.