Bachus Splits with GOP over "Torture"
Though the House GOP was nearly split in half on the issue, of Alabama's five Republican Representatives only Spencer Bachus (R - Birmingham) supported the "McCain amendment". Which means it can be argued that Jo Bonner, Terry Everett, Mike Rogers, and Robert Aderholt all tacitly accept interrogation tactics some consider to be torture.
Bachus' split from his colleagues is not especially surprising. Though he is generally as conservative as the other Republican members of the delegation, Bachus has been a consistent advocate for international human rights. He's led the charge against the Sudanese government, which he sees as genocidal, and was an early supporter of debt-relief for third world nations.
And yesterday, just one day after the vote, the White House relaxed its opposition to the McCain amendment and is now supporting the anti-torture language. Bush certainly didn't do his supporters in the House any favors on this issue. After 121 Republicans cast a tough vote toeing the Bush line against the McCain amendment, Bush cuts them off at the knees by caving to McCain. I'd imagine there are many Republican House members who'd like to have that vote back.
And if all this seems a little familiar, it's probably because the Senate went through the torture fight a couple of months ago. And then, like now, Alabama's delegation was split. Shelby voted for the McCain amendment, while Sessions was one of 9 to oppose it.