What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Support for Independent International Law : HR 4775. Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Exempt the U.S. from Following Directives of the International Criminal Court and Will of International Community.
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HR 4775. Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Exempt the U.S. from Following Directives of the International Criminal Court and Will of International Community.
senate Roll Call 140     Jun 06, 2002
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In mid-2002, Congress debated a supplemental appropriations bill designed primarily to adjust spending in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. Warner (R-VA) capitalized on this opportunity to add an amendment related to the International Criminal Court. The Court had long been viewed by conservatives as an intrusion on U.S. sovereignty and a potential means to punish U.S. soldiers for legitimate military action. Progressives believed the opposite: that the Court was a way to bring international criminals of all nationalities to justice, and that opposition to it was a new form of isolationism. Warner's amendment to the appropriations bill would permit U.S. assistance to or cooperation with the Court only when it assisted or defended U.S. citizens or allied citizens. Otherwise, it gave the president "all means necessary and appropriate" to free any U.S. or allied personnel detained by the Court. Though Progressives opposed this amendment, they were overwhelmed, and it passed, 75-19.

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