As Vice President Mike Pence spends Martin Luther King Jr. Day catching hell for claiming that Donald Trump is just like Dr. King, it’s worth remembering that six current members of the U.S. House and Senate voted against King holidays. All are currently members of the Republican Party, although one was a Democrat at the time.
Then-President Ronald Reagan reluctantly signed the federal Martin Luther King holiday into law in November of 1983 after the U.S. Senate passed the bill by a 78-22 margin, while the House of Representatives had voted in favor of it by a margin of 338-90. That’s over 78 percent of those who voted, well above the two-thirds needed to override a veto.
Among those who joined Sen. Jesse Helms in voting against the holiday;
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
Current Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)