Yeah, I’d like to know that, too. The Republican party gets plenty of mileage out of its perceived protectionist stance, including anti-immigration. They are also the majority party in the House, so the bill wasn’t going to pass without overt Republican approval (and because it was to be a concealed vote, it required a two-thirds majority for passage, which it got by one vote).
That was the very point of holding a cloaked vote–to coneal exactly which Republicans voted on the measure so that they will not be targeted by their own supporters at a time when many states are holding their primaries. It was a disgustingly partisan, completely hypocritical attempt to conceal their actions from the public, and they got stone-cold busted for it.
Incidentally, there is further evidence to show that they got exposed by the Journal approval issue, rather than by actually agreeing to record the vote. The Journal was contested on the 13th, the day after the bill passed:
And here is the actual list of votes on HR 1855:
Hell, while I’m at it, here’s the list of Republican representatives who voted in favor of the bill:
Armey, Biggert, Boehlert, Boehner, Bonilla, Bono, Buyer, Calvert, Cannon, Castle, Chabot, Cox, Cunningham, Davis (Tom), DeLay, Diaz-Balart, Dreier, Dunn, Ehlers, Ehrlich, English, Fletcher, Foley, Fossella, Gibbons, Gilchrest, Gillmor, Gilman, Goss, Green (WI), Grucci, Hart, Hastings (WA), Hobson, Houghton, Hyde, Issa, Johnson (CT), Johnson (IL), Kelly, Kennedy (MN), King (NY), Kirk, Knollenberg, Kolbe, Latham, LaTourette, Leach, Lewis (CA), McHugh, McKeon, Morella, Nethercutt, Ney, Northup, Nussle, Osborne, Ose, Otter, Oxley, Paul, Petri, Portman, Pryce (OH), Quinn, Radanovich, Regula, Reynolds, Rogers (KY), Ros-Lehtinen, Ryan (WI), Sensenbrenner, Shaw, Shays, Simmons, Simpson, Skeen, Smith (NJ), Smith (TX), Souder, Sununu, Tauzin, Terry, Thomas, Thornberry, Tiahrt, Tiberi, Walsh, Watkins (OK), Watts (OK), Weller, Wilson (NM)
Ahhh. That felt good. Have a nice day, all, especially you gate-lockers out there.