What: All Issues : Justice for All: Civil and Criminal : Punishment Fitting the Crime : H.R. 1279. Crime/Procedural Vote on Motion to Recommit with Instructions (Amend or Kill) Bill to Punish and Deter Gang Violence.
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H.R. 1279. Crime/Procedural Vote on Motion to Recommit with Instructions (Amend or Kill) Bill to Punish and Deter Gang Violence.
house Roll Call 167     May 11, 2005
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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In this vote, the House defeated a procedural motion to recommit with instructions H.R. 1279, a bill intended to punish and deter gang violence. (A motion to recommit with instructions is a motion to send a bill back to committee for the purpose of changing it significantly. This motion is often a minority party's last effort to try to amend or kill the legislation in question.) The motion was offered by John Tierney (D-MA). Tierney's motion would have added to the bill a provision "to prohibit defrauding the government in connection with the reconstruction efforts in Iraq." (Tierney.) Taking the Progressive position, Tierney argued that "[i]t is an unfortunate fact of life that, today, in Iraq, taxpayer funds are being routinely wasted by organized corporate criminals. The American taxpayer is being defrauded by a system of distributing funds that is totally unaccountable. This not only demeans and cheapens the sacrifices that our military and civilian personnel are making in Iraq, it endangers their lives." Republicans opposed the motion, countering that no one had offered any evidence or testimony at any point of the bill's consideration concerning Tierney's allegations. Republicans further questioned the seriousness of Democratic proposals to deal with gang-related crime. The House defeated the Progressive position by voting down this motion 198 to 227, along straight party-lines. Thus, language to prohibit corporate fraud in connection with U.S. construction efforts in Iraq was not included in the bill.

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