Washington Libertarian Review

Political commentary from the State of Washington with a libertarian perspective.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

ROLL CALL on the Flag and the First Amendment

Here is how Washington's congressional delegation voted on H. J. RES. 10, involving a constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration.

Voting yes: Baird, Hastings, McMorris, Reichert, Smith.
Voting no: Inslee, Larsen, Dicks, McDermott.

The final vote tally was 286-130. If ratified, the measure would mark the first time the Bill of Rights has been amended.

Also interesting is the vote on this proposed substitute resolution from Rep. Watt of North Carolina:

"Not inconsistent with the first article of amendment to this Constitution, the Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States."

This version was rejected, 129-279. A yes vote was to adopt the substitute.

Voting yes: Inslee, Larsen, Baird, Dicks, McDermott.
Voting no: Hastings, McMorris, Reichert, Smith.

Of particular interest is that Baird voted yes both times.


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