On July 14 2022, a popular post to Reddit’s r/politics suggested that all House Republicans had voted against monitoring white supremacists in the military:
One day earlier, Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey tweeted about the vote, stating that House “just voted to combat neo nazis in our military and every single republican voted no.” Pascrell added a screenshot of C-SPAN, which was also shared to Imgur at least twice:
On the night of July 13 2022, The Hill reported on the passage of the bill, describing the purpose and functions of the measure:
The measure would require that FBI director, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the secretary of Defense secretary publish a report analyzing White supremacist and neo-Nazi activity within their ranks, and presenting ways to thwart it.
It specifically calls for figures on the number of people who were discharged from uniformed services or law enforcement because of situations involving White supremacy and neo-Nazi activity.
Additionally, the amendment mandates that the report includes information on how the agency leaders responded to “planned or effectuated incidents” connected to White supremacist and neo-Nazi ideology.
On Reddit, a submission also had a link to a July 14 2022 Newsweek.com article, “House Republicans All Vote Against Neo-Nazi Probe of Military, Police.” It indicated the vote around to an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, annual legislation allocating funds for defense spending) and indicated that all Republicans who voted voted against the measure:
The House has approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to compel government officials to prepare a report on combating white supremacists and neo-Nazi activity in the police and military, despite every Republican voting against the measure.
The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Brad Schneider, was passed in a 218-208 party-line vote on Wednesday [July 14 2022]. All 208 votes against the amendment came from House Republicans, one of whom described it as “Orwellian.”
The “Schneider Amendment” called for the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Defense to publish a report that sets out ways to combat white supremacist and neo-Nazi activity in the uniformed services and law enforcement agencies “not later than 180 days after enactment and every 6 months thereafter.”
Pascrell’s C-SPAN screengrab depicted a vote of 218 in favor to 208 against. The vote count matched a July 13 2022 roll call on an Amendment to the NDAA sponsored by Rep. Schneider; all Republicans voted against the amendment.
On Congress.gov, a summary of Schneider’s amendment was accessible here. It read:
Description: H.Amdt. 262 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
An amendment numbered 31 printed in Part A of House Report 117-405 to direct the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Defense to publish a report that analyzes and sets out strategies to combat White supremacist and neo-Nazi activity in the uniformed services and Federal law enforcement agencies not later than 180 days after enactment and every six months thereafter.
Several social media posts claimed that all Republicans voted against a measure to monitor or combat neo-Nazi or white supremacist activity in the military and law enforcement. The claim was true, and involved an amendment to the NDAA and a July 13 2022 vote. All House Republicans who voted on the measure voted against it.
Update, April 27 2023, 5:06 PM: On the evening of April 26 2023, federal prosecutors filed a “Motion for Detention” with respect to pending charges against Massachusetts Airman Jack Teixeira, who reportedly has a long history of racist and violent remarks and threats:
Teixeira stood accused of improperly sharing classified information via the chat app Discord. In their motion, prosecutors asserted Teixeira “was suspended [from school] when a classmate overheard him make remarks about weapons, including Molotov cocktails, guns at the school, and racial threats.”
A footnote at the bottom of the Motion’s second page stated:
As discussed more fully below, the Defendant was suspended in high school based on concerning comments the Defendant made about Molotov cocktails and other weapons. The Defendant, who owned multiple guns, including a high-capacity AK-style weapon, had regular discussions about violence and murder on the social media platform on which he disclosed the classified information.
Following an April 27 2023 hearing, Teixeira was returned to the custody of the United States Marshals Service.