"Another reason (Rep. Charlie) Melancon's too liberal for LA — voted last night with (President Barack) Obama to enact Hate Crimes legislation." — Sen. David Vitter, on his Twitter account Oct. 7. The vote was actually the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2647), which had hate-crimes provisions appended. Two other Louisiana Republicans, Anh "Joseph" Cao and Bill Cassidy, crossed the aisle to vote with Melancon on the bill, which authorized appropriations for the military.