Liberty Counsel’s Condemns Sen. Reid’s ‘Bullying Tactics’ on ‘Hate Crimes’ Amendment

Liberty Counsel Press Release

Hate Crimes Amendment Will Face More Hurdles After Passing Senate in Late Night Vote

July 17, 2009

Senator Harry Reid’s bullying tactics paved the way for the Senate to pass the so-called Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill late last night. The cloture vote taken late last night was 63-28, with every Democrat voting for the amendment, except Senators Byrd (WV) and Kennedy (MA), who were not present. Approval of the cloture motion meant that the hate crimes amendment was adopted.

The hate crimes amendment will not become law unless the $680 billion Defense Authorization bill passes and the amendment is reconciled with the version of the hate crimes bill passed by the House. The Senate Defense Authorization bill includes funding for F-22 jets. President Obama has threatened to veto the Defense bill if it funds the F-22.

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Call to Action on Hate Crimes

See how your Senator voted and then call their office (202-224-3121; to express your approval or disapproval of their vote.  Call Reid’s office and tell him you disapprove of him burying this amendment in the defense bill and forcing a late night vote. Call Reid’s Majority Leader office at  202-224-5556 and his D.C. Senate office at 202-224-3542.

This article was posted on Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm and is filed under Candidates & Elected Officials, Democrat Party, Government Promotion, Hate Crimes Prosecution, Hate Speech (Laws), News. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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