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Michele Bachmann and Nancy Pelosi agree: Now is not the time to defund the NSA

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Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hardly ever agree on anything. The two polarizing members of Congress, however, both voted against the amendment to defund the National Security Agency proposed by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.

The roll call vote signaled a curious divide in the House of Representatives, as members of House Republican leadership, such as Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., joined Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, voted against the amendment.

House Republican Conference chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., however, voted in favor of the amendment.

Altogether, only 94 Republicans supported the amendment while 134 voted against it.

Pelosi voted against the amendment to defund the National Security Agency as well as Democratic National Committee chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla.

Other prominent Democrats, however, such as Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., Rep. John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich. voted for the amendment.

A total of 111 Democrats voted for the amendment – 83 voted against.

View the full roll call vote here.

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