Eagle Forum Champions Courageous House GOP for Opposing Hate Crimes Down to Last Vote
Washington, DC - Eagle Forum, a leading conservative public policy advocacy organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, commends the 133 Republican Members of Congress who opposed final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (FY 2010, H.R. 2647, which passed by a vote of 281 to 146) Conference Report because of the liberal Majority's refusal to remove the highly controversial Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1913) language from the bill. 13 Democrats joined in opposing final passage last week.
H.R. 1913 makes a hate crime — a crime in which the victim is intentionally selected based on his or her race, religion, ethnicity, or gender — a federal offense. This legislation also establishes homosexual and transgender persons as a protected class of victims by adding the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to Title 18 of the U.S. criminal code. Back in April of this year, the House passed this legislation as a stand-alone bill, but in July, the Senate attached it as an amendment to the defense authorization.
"Not only does this hate crimes legislation have no place in a defense measure, especially during a time of war, but House liberals explicitly refused to extend special protected status to military personnel in committee and through a Republican motion on the floor while the stand-alone bill was being debated back in April," said Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly.
"Forcing Members of Congress to choose between our troops and opposing the Left's radical social engineering policy is truly despicable," said Schlafly. "Of course, we can't forget about the Senate Democrats who made matters worse with their underhanded maneuver that attached the hate crimes text to the Defense Authorization in the first place."
"Eagle Forum commends those Members who voted NO on hate crimes all the way down to the very last vote," concluded Schlafly. "Many of these Congressmen have never opposed a defense bill, until last Thursday. It was a tough decision that took a lot of guts, and their principled stance won't go unrecognized."
Among the 131 Republicans who voted NO on final passage because of strong opposition to the hate crimes inclusion were longtime Eagle Forum allies Reps. Akin (MO), Bachmann (MN), Garrett (NJ), Blunt (MO), Price (GA), King (IA), Franks (AZ), and McClintock (CA), along with a united GOP Leadership team of Reps. Cantor (VA), Boehner (OH), and Pence (IN).
Eagle Forum also applauds the 178 Members who voted last Tuesday for the Motion to Instruct, which would have removed the hate crimes language from the bill.
If you would like to THANK your Congressman for opposing hate crimes in the final vote on the Defense Authorization, check this list of representatives who voted NO last week and contact them by calling or emailing your comments — they will certainly appreciate it!
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