What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Curbing Presidential Power : H.R. 841. Governance/Vote on Amendment to Allow 5 Days to File an Appeal in U.S. District Court Following a Special Election Held Pursuant to an Announcement by the Speaker of the House Due to the Death or Disability of More Than 100 Members of the House of Representatives.
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H.R. 841. Governance/Vote on Amendment to Allow 5 Days to File an Appeal in U.S. District Court Following a Special Election Held Pursuant to an Announcement by the Speaker of the House Due to the Death or Disability of More Than 100 Members of the House of Representatives.
house Roll Call 50     Mar 03, 2005
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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In this vote, the House defeated an amendment by Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) that would have expanded by 3 days the time allowed to file an appeal in H.R. 841. H.R. 841 was a bill to require, in extraordinary circumstances when more than 100 members of the House of Representatives have been killed or disabled, states to hold special elections to fill House vacancies no more than 49 days after the vacancy is announced by the Speaker of the House. The bill as drafted by Republicans stated that in the event someone wanted to contest a special election held in these circumstances, that person or party would have 2 days to file an appeal. Jackson-Lee argued on behalf of Progressives that information does not always travel rapidly in all states, and the additional time would make the bill more fair in places not as well-equipped to respond in such rapid fashion. Her amendment also would have permitted citizens to file a suit pertaining to the special election, while the original bill would only permit the governor of a state to do so. Progressives felt that this amendment was important to ensure that democracy and citizens' rights would be preserved even in extraordinary circumstances requiring special elections. Republicans countered that the short time period was necessary to ensure the continued function of the U.S. government, and that this amendment sought lawsuits rather than elections. The House defeated the amendment by a vote of 183 to 239; thus, someone wishing to challenge the validity of a special election held under these expedited rules would have only two days to file that suit, regardless of where he or she lived in the United States.

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