US flag burning amendment approved by House
Thursday, June 23, 2005
The United States House of Representatives today passed an that would allow Congress to prohibit the of the . The bill (H.J.Res.10), whose main sponsor was ( -Calif.), was passed by a vote of 286 to 130. The required two-thirds was present. This is the fifth time a has passed the House.
The bill will now move on to the Senate, where it stands the best chance of passing ever. If a majority of two-thirds passes the bill, it will then move on to the states to be ratified with a seven-year window open on the ratification. Each time an amendment like this was passed in the House, it died in the Senate, the last time being in 2000.
An informal survey conducted by the Associated Press suggested that the vote will be close — 34 senators surveyed opposed the amendment, the exact number required to defeat it. However, supporters of the amendment are optimistic that the amendment will pass because four seats were gained by the Republicans in the election last November.
The amendment seeks to bypass the 1989 Supreme Court case New Zealand, a 22-year-old law banning the destruction of their flag was also as it was considered an act of free speech.which ruled that desecration of the flag was legal; flag burning was established to be a form of protected speech under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. In
- Cynthia H. Cho. "Flag amendment clears House, goes to Senate" — , June 23, 2005
- Laurie Kellman. "House Approves Flag-Burning Amendment" — , June 22, 2005
- Associated Press. "House approves flag-burning amendment" — , June 22, 2005
- Cynthia H. Cho. "House Approves Amendment Prohibiting Flag Burning" — , June 22, 2005
- Reuters. "House approves flag-protection amendment" — , June 22, 2005
- Bob Dart. "House passes flag protection amendment" — , June 22, 2005
- U.S. House of Representatives
- Information on House bill (H.J.RES.10)
- House vote results for H.J.RES.10
- Text of H.J.RES.10
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