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-House Passes Amendment to Prohibit Flag Desecration
-House Votes Permanent Death Tax Repeal

ROLL CALL:
House Passes Amendment to Prohibit Flag Desecration
On June 3, by a vote of 300-125, the House tallied more than the required two-thirds majority of those present and voting, (284 in his case) to pass a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the American flag (H.J. Res. 4) The touchy nature of the amendment, which then went to the Senate, caused congressmen voting against it to proclaim that their votes did not constitute support of flag desecration. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D.-Tex.) disagreed with the notion that the nation’s flag should command any special respect. “[Our soldiers] are not fighting for a symbol, a piece of cloth,” she said. “How shameful it is to suggest to the American people that our values are woven into the stripes and stars of this flag.” “While I am appalled at the notion of someone desecrating our flag, I am more concerned with tampering with the Constitution,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings (D.-Fla.), who in 1988 was impeached and removed from the federal bench for accepting a bribe. “The true test of any nation’s commitment to freedom of expression lies in its ability to protect unpopular expression.” Hastings was perhaps referring to the same kind of expression he displayed in a radio interview with Sean Hannity last November when he claimed the Republican Party has former Ku Klux Klan members. He refused, however, to name any names, because he could not think of any. “This is a shallow amendment that addresses a non-issue,” Hastings went on. “This is an unnecessary amendment that helps no one, but is likely to hurt us all. This is a dangerous amendment that should not be approved.” But the majority of his colleagues disagreed. “To desecrate the flag raised by soldiers at Iwo Jima, astronauts on the Moon, and rescue workers at the World Trade Center is an affront to the very values it represents,” Rep. Dave Weldon (R.-Fla.) said. “The physical desecration of the flag is not free speech nor should it be protected under the 1st Amendment. The amendment before us will clarify that desecration of the flag does not fall under the 1st Amendment and will prevent the courts from making such an assertion.” A “yes” vote was a vote in favor of the amendment to give Congress the power to prohibit flag desecration. A “no” vote was a vote against the amendment.

FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT: 300

REPUBLICANS FOR (214): Aderholt, Akin, Bachus, Baker, Ballenger, Barrett (SC), Bartlett (MD), Barton (TX), Bass, Beauprez, Bereuter, Biggert, Bilirakis, Bishop (UT), Blackburn, Blunt, Boehlert, Boehner, Bonilla, Bonner, Bono, Boozman, Bradley (NH), Brady (TX), Brown (SC), Brown-Waite, V., Burgess, Burns, Burr, Burton (IN), Buyer, Calvert, Camp, Cannon, Cantor, Capito, Carter, Castle, Chabot, Chocola, Coble, Cole, Collins, Cox, Crane, Crenshaw, Cubin, Culberson, Cunningham, Davis, Jo Ann, Davis, Tom, Deal (GA), DeLay, DeMint, Diaz-Balart, L., Diaz-Balart, M., Doolittle, Duncan, Dunn, Emerson, English, Everett, Feeney, Ferguson, Fletcher, Foley, Forbes, Fossella, Franks (AZ), Frelinghuysen, Gallegly, Garrett (NJ), Gerlach, Gibbons, Gillmor, Gingrey, Goode, Goodlatte, Goss, Granger, Graves, Green (WI), Gutknecht, Harris, Hart, Hastings (WA), Hayes, Hayworth, Hefley, Hensarling, Hobson, Hostettler, Houghton, Hulshof, Hunter, Hyde, Isakson, Issa, Istook, Janklow, Jenkins, Johnson, Sam, Johnson (CT), Johnson (IL), Jones (NC), Keller, Kelly, Kennedy (MN), King (IA), King (NY), Kingston, Kirk, Kline, Knollenberg, Kolbe, LaHood, Latham, LaTourette, Lewis (CA), Lewis (KY), Linder, LoBiondo, Lucas (OK), Manzullo, McCotter, McCrery, McHugh, McInnis, McKeon, Mica, Miller, Gary, Miller (FL), Miller (MI), Moran (KS), Murphy, Musgrave, Myrick, Nethercutt, Ney, Northup, Norwood, Nunes, Nussle, Osborne, Ose, Otter, Oxley, Pearce, Pence, Peterson (PA), Pickering, Pitts, Platts, Pombo, Porter, Portman, Pryce (OH), Putnam, Quinn, Radanovich, Ramstad, Regula, Rehberg, Renzi, Reynolds, Rogers (AL), Rogers (KY), Rogers (MI), Rohrabacher, Ros-Lehtinen, Royce, Ryun (KS), Saxton, Schrock, Sensenbrenner, Sessions, Shaw, Sherwood, Shimkus, Shuster, Simmons, Simpson, Smith (MI), Smith (NJ), Smith (TX), Souder, Stearns, Sullivan, Sweeney, Tancredo, Tauzin, Taylor (NC), Terry, Thomas, Thornberry, Tiahrt, Tiberi, Toomey, Turner (OH), Upton, Vitter, Walden (OR), Walsh, Wamp, Weldon (FL), Weldon (PA), Weller, Whitfield, Wicker, Wilson (NM), Wilson (SC), Wolf, Young (AK), Young (FL) DEMOCRATS FOR (86): Alexander, Andrews, Baca, Baird, Bell, Berkley, Berry, Bishop (GA), Bishop (NY), Boswell, Boyd, Brown, Corrine, Brown (OH), Capps, Cardoza, Clyburn, Costello, Cramer, Crowley, Davis (FL), Davis (TN), Delahunt, Deutsch, Dooley (CA), Doyle, Edwards, Etheridge, Ford, Frost, Gordon, Green (TX), Gutierrez, Hall, Harman, Hinojosa, Holden, Jefferson, John, Kanjorski, Kaptur, Kildee, Kucinich ,Lampson, Langevin, Lantos, Lipinski, Lucas (KY) ,Lynch, Marshall, McCarthy (NY), McGovern, McIntyre, McNulty, Meek (FL), Menendez, Michaud, Millender-McDonald, Mollohan, Murtha, Napolitano, Neal (MA), Ortiz, Pallone, Pascrell, Peterson (MN), Pomeroy, Rahall, Reyes ,Rodriguez, Ross, Rothman, Ruppersberger, Sanchez, Loretta, Sandlin, Scott (GA), Sherman, Skelton, Spratt, Stenholm, Strickland, Stupak, Taylor (MS), Thompson (MS), Towns, Turner (TX), Wynn

AGAINST THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT: 125

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (11): Dreier, Ehlers, Flake, Gilchrest, Greenwood, Hoekstra, Leach, Paul, Petri, Shadegg, Shays DEMOCRATS AGAINST (113): Abercrombie, Ackerman, Allen, Baldwin, Balance, Becerra, Berman, Blumenauer, Boucher, Brady (PA), Capuano, Cardin, Carson (IN), Case, Clay, Cooper, Cummings, Davis (AL), Davis (CA), Davis (IL), DeFazio, DeGette, DeLauro, Dicks, Dingell, Doggett, Emanuel, Engel, Eshoo, Evans, Farr, Fattah, Filner, Frank (MA), Gonzalez, Grijalva, Hastings (FL), Hill, Hinchey, Hoeffel, Holt, Honda, Hooley (OR), Hoyer, Inslee, Israel, Jackson (IL), Jackson-Lee (TX), , Johnson, E. B.,Jones (OH), Kennedy (RI), Kilpatrick, Kind, Kleczka, Larsen (WA), Lee, Levin, Lewis (GA), Lofgren, Lowey, Majette, Maloney, Markey, Matheson, Matsui, McCarthy (MO), McCollum, McDermott, Meehan, Meeks (NY), Miller, George, Miller (NC), Moore, Moran (VA), Nadler, Oberstar, Obey, Olver, Owens, Pastor, Payne, Pelosi, Price (NC), Rangel, Roybal-Allard, Rush, Ryan (OH), Sabo, Sanchez, Linda, Schakowsky, Schiff, Scott (VA), Serrano, Slaughter, Snyder, Solis, Stark, Tanner, Tauscher, Thompson (CA), Tierney, Udall (CO), Udall (NM), Van Hollen, Velazquez, Visclosky, Waters, Watson, Watt, Waxman, Weiner, Woolsey, Wu INDEPENDENT AGAINST (1): Sanders

NOT VOTING: 8

REPUBLICANS (2): Herger , Ryan (WI) DEMOCRATS (6): Carson (OK), Conyers, Gephardt, Larson (CT), Smith (WA), Wexler ROLL CALL:
House Votes Permanent Death Tax Repeal
On June 18, by a vote of 264 to 163, the House again passed a bill to permanently repeal the death tax (H.R. 8). The death tax, which comprises the estate and gift taxes has been a controversial topic for years, especially for farmers and small businessmen who whish to pass on their assets to family members. But cannot do so because the assets have to be sold to pay the death tax. All too often, the death tax ends up in the driver’s seat for many small business decisions—for example, whether to purchase extra life insurance that benefits only the tax man, how to structure company ownership, etc. An identical bill passed in the House last year, only to be squashed by a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. The vote for the bill in the House this year was the highest it has ever been because 41 Democrats crossed party lines to vote in favor. Rep. Sander Levin (D.-Mich.) revealed, in the most direct way, the bizarre extent of the left’s class-war agenda by arguing for the death tax in a way that most normal people would barely be able to understand. “I wish [the Republicans] would not bring up this smoke screen of family farms and small businesses,” said Levin. “What they are trying to do is to end this effort to provide a safety net and a step up, a hand up. Not a hand out, but a hand up the ladder for people in the middle-income and low-income groups of America.” In other words, Levin was arguing that average Americans are greedy and acquisitive because they want to pass something on to their children instead of passing it on to a behemoth federal government that runs scores of wasteful social programs to no good end. Levin neglected to mention that families own 99% of U.S. farms and ranches. These assets are not liquid, and yet family members must often pay large death taxes on them. As a result, family farms must be sold in many cases just to pay for greedy people like Sander Levin to waste their money. Nearly 20% of farmers have paid Federal estate taxes in the previous five years, while 77% of farmers report that they spent money each year on estate planning so as to avoid having their families lose the farm. Far-leftist Rep. Jim McDermott (D.-Wash.)—who said earlier this year that President Bush is less trustworthy than Saddam Hussein—argued that no one should be allowed to pass on anything to their children. “I learned in Sunday school—and it may surprise some of you, but I went to Sunday school—that you cannot take anything with you when you die,” said McDermott. “But now we are saying that somebody who inherited millions and millions of dollars from his father or his mother should get it just because he was born lucky.” He said this as if it were a bad thing. A “yes” vote was a vote in favor of passing the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2003. A “no” vote was a vote in favor of keeping the death tax in existence.

FOR THE BILL: 264

REPUBLICANS FOR (223): Aderholt, Akin, Bachus, Baker, Ballenger, Barrett (SC), Bartlett (MD), Barton (TX), Bass, Beauprez, Biggert, Bilirakis, Bishop (UT), Blackburn, Blunt, Boehlert, Boehner, Bonilla, Bonner, Bono, Boozman, Bradley (NH), Brady (TX), Brown (SC), Brown-Waite, V., Burgess, Burns, Burr, Burton (IN), Buyer, Calvert, Camp, Cannon, Cantor, Capito, Carter, Castle, Chabot, Chocola, Coble, Cole, Collins, Cox, Crane, Crenshaw, Cubin, Culberson, Cunningham, Davis, Jo Ann, Davis, Tom, Deal (GA), DeLay, DeMint, Diaz-Balart, L., Diaz-Balart, M., Doolittle, Dreier, Duncan, Dunn, Ehlers, Emerson, English, Everett, Feeney, Ferguson, Flake, Fletcher, Foley, Forbes, Fossella, Franks (AZ), Frelinghuysen, Gallegly, Garrett (NJ), Gerlach, Gibbons, Gilchrest, Gillmor, Gingrey, Goode, Goodlatte, Goss, Granger, Graves, Green (WI), Greenwood, Gutknecht, Harris, Hart, Hastert, Hastings (WA), Hayes, Hayworth, Hefley, Hensarling, Herger, Hobson, Hoekstra, Hostettler, Hulshof, Hunter, Hyde, Isakson, Issa, Istook, Janklow, Jenkins, Johnson, Sam, Johnson (IL), Jones (NC), Keller, Kelly, Kennedy (MN), King (IA), King (NY), Kingston, Kirk, Kline, Knollenberg, Kolbe, LaHood, Latham, LaTourette, Lewis (CA), Lewis (KY), Linder, LoBiondo, Lucas (OK), Manzullo, McCotter, McCrery, McHugh, McInnis, McKeon, Mica, Miller, Gary, Miller (FL), Miller (MI), Moran (KS), Murphy, Musgrave, Myrick, Nethercutt, Neugebauer, Ney, Northup, Norwood, Nunes, Nussle, Osborne, Ose, Otter, Oxley, Paul, Pearce, Pence, Peterson (PA), Petri, Pickering, Pitts, Platts, Pombo, Porter, Portman, Pryce (OH), Putnam, Quinn, Ramstad, Regula, Rehberg, Renzi, Reynolds, Rogers (AL), Rogers (KY), Rogers (MI), Rohrabacher, Ros-Lehtinen, Royce, Ryan (WI), Ryun (KS), Saxton, Schrock, Sensenbrenner, Sessions, Shadegg, Shaw, Shays, Sherwood, Shimkus, Shuster, Simmons, Simpson, Smith (MI), Smith (NJ), Smith (TX), Souder, Stearns, Sullivan, Sweeney, Tancredo, Tauzin, Taylor (NC), Terry, Thomas, Thornberry, Tiahrt, Toomey, Turner (OH), Upton, Vitter, Walden (OR), Walsh, Wamp, Weldon (FL), Weldon (PA), Weller, Whitfield, Wicker, Wilson (NM), Wilson (SC), Wolf, Young (AK), Young (FL) DEMOCRATS FOR (41): Abercrombie, Alexander, Bell, Berkley, Berry, Bishop (GA), Boswell, Boucher, Cardoza, Carson (OK), Clay, Costello, Cramer, Davis (TN), Dooley (CA), Edwards, Farr, Ford, Gordon, Hall, Hinojosa, Hooley (OR), Israel, John, Lampson, Larsen (WA), Lucas (KY), Matheson, McCarthy (NY), McIntyre, Peterson (MN), Rahall, Ross, Ruppersberger, Ryan (OH), Sandlin, Scott (GA), Skelton, Tanner, Thompson (CA), Wynn

AGAINST THE BILL: 163

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (4): Bereuter, Houghton, Johnson (CT), Leach DEMOCRATS AGAINST (158): Ackerman, Allen, Andrews, Baca, Baird, Baldwin, Balance, Becerra, Berman, Bishop (NY), Blumenauer, Boyd, Brady (PA), Brown, Corrine, Brown (OH), Capps, Capuano, Cardin, Case, Clyburn, Cooper, Crowley, Cummings, Davis (AL), Davis (CA), Davis (FL), Davis (IL), DeFazio, DeGette, Delahunt, DeLauro, Deutsch, Dicks, Dingell, Doggett, Doyle, Emanuel, Engel, Eshoo, Etheridge, Evans, Fattah, Filner, Frank (MA), Frost, Gonzalez, Green (TX), Grijalva, Gutierrez, Harman, Hastings (FL), Hill, Hinchey, Hoeffel, Holden, Holt, Honda, Hoyer, Inslee, Jackson (IL), Jackson-Lee (TX), Jefferson, Johnson, E. B., Jones (OH), Kanjorski, Kaptur, Kennedy (RI), Kildee, Kilpatrick, Kind, Kleczka, Kucinich, Langevin, Lantos, Larson (CT), Lee, Levin, Lewis (GA), Lipinski, Lowey, Lynch, Majette, Maloney, Markey, Marshall, Matsui, McCarthy (MO), McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, McNulty, Meehan, Meek (FL), Meeks (NY), Menendez, Michaud, Millender-McDonald, Miller, George, Miller (NC), Mollohan, Moore, Moran (VA), Murtha, Napolitano, Neal (MA), Oberstar, Obey, Olver, Ortiz, Owens, Pallone, Pascrell, Pastor, Payne, Pelosi, Pomeroy, Price (NC), Rangel, Reyes, Rodriguez, Rothman, Roybal-Allard, Rush, Sabo, Sanchez, Linda, Sanchez, Loretta, Schakowsky, Schiff, Scott (VA), Serrano, Sherman, Slaughter, Snyder, Solis, Spratt, Stark, Stenholm, Strickland, Stupak, Tauscher, Taylor (MS), Thompson (MS), Tierney, Towns, Turner (TX), Udall (CO), Udall (NM), Van Hollen, Velazquez, Visclosky, Waters, Watson, Watt, Waxman, Weiner, Wexler, Woolsey, Wu INDEPENDENT AGAINST (1):

Sanders

NOT VOTING: 8

REPUBLICANS (2): Radanovich, Tiberi DEMOCRATS (6): Carson (IN), Conyers, Gephardt, Lofgren, Nadler, Smith (WA)

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