What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Support for Independent International Law : A vote by the full House on a Republican motion to "order the previous question" (cut off debate) on this resolution (H Res 628) condemning the harsh treatment of Iraqi prisoners, but which Democrats say fails to call for accountability, including an independent congressional inquiry into the prison abuses.
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A vote by the full House on a Republican motion to "order the previous question" (cut off debate) on this resolution (H Res 628) condemning the harsh treatment of Iraqi prisoners, but which Democrats say fails to call for accountability, including an independent congressional inquiry into the prison abuses.
house Roll Call 147     May 06, 2004
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N = Progressive
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Conservatives moved to "order the previous question" on this resolution (H Res 628) condemning the harsh treatment of Iraqi prisoners. Moving the previous question is a parliamentary move that shuts down debate and precludes consideration of any amendments. The motion was made after Democrats objected that the resolution fails to call for accountability, including an independent congressional inquiry into the prison abuses. The final tally was 218-201, with all Republicans but no Democrats voting in favor of ordering the previous question. Approval of the motion precluded progressives from offering amendments that would have required an independent congressional inquiry be a part of the resolution. This means the vote was symbolic with no actual requirement for an inquiry.

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