What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Gay Rights : H.R. 1815. Defense/Gay Rights/Vote on Amendment to Express Congress's Continued Support for Solomon Amendment (Law that Permits Withholding of Federal Funding from Universities Which, Due to the Military's Policy of Discriminating Against Gays and Lesbians, Do Not Permit Military Recruitment on Their Campuses).
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H.R. 1815. Defense/Gay Rights/Vote on Amendment to Express Congress's Continued Support for Solomon Amendment (Law that Permits Withholding of Federal Funding from Universities Which, Due to the Military's Policy of Discriminating Against Gays and Lesbians, Do Not Permit Military Recruitment on Their Campuses).
house Roll Call 218     May 25, 2005
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In this vote, the House overwhelmingly passed an amendment to H.R. 1815 offered by Cliff Stearns (R-FL) to express Congress's continued support for a law known as the Solomon Amendment. H.R. 1815 was a bill to authorize military activities of the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). The Solomon Amendment permitted the withholding of federal funds from universities who refused to allow the U.S. military to recruit on their campuses. Some universities attempted to bar the military from recruiting on campus on the grounds that the military's policy concerning gays and lesbians in the service violated the universities' nondiscrimination policies. The Solomon Amendment was passed to override these universities' actions. In addition to expressing Congress's continued support for the Solomon Amendment, Stearns's amendment required the Secretary of Defense to produce a report on universities which would not permit military recruiting on their campuses. Republicans, along with many Democrats, supported this resolution affirming the Solomon Amendment asserted that it is critical that the military be able to recruit broadly and have access to all of the brightest, most capable young people to defend the country, particularly during wartime. They maintained that if a university is not willing to allow the military access to help defend the country, then that university should be willing to forego federal funding. Progressives did not offer any argument on the House floor to oppose the amendment. Progressives lost on this vote when the House passed this amendment 336 to 92, with 109 Democrats crossing party lines to vote "yes" with Republicans. Thus, the House attached to H.R. 1815 an expression of Congress's continued support for a policy compelling universities to allow access to military recruiters.

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