Justin Amash Meshes Civil Libertarian Bent With His Fiscal ConservatismSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 03/26/2012 - 11:51
Justin Amash Meshes Civil Libertarian Bent With His Fiscal Conservatism
In his effort to redefine conservative success in Congress, 31-year-old freshman Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) invites comparison with the House’s best-known libertarian — Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
Like Paul, Amash opposed last year’s final debt-reduction deal, along with a bloc of heavily conservative freshmen.
And like Paul, Amash voted along with a bloc of Democrats against extending three provisions of the Patriot Act, including one that permits the continued use of roving wiretaps.
Amash acknowledges that his emphasis on civil liberties — and willingness to vote contrary to party leadership at any time — is rare within his conference and among the conservative freshmen elected in 2010.
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