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GOP Senators refuse to back Anti-Lynching Legislation

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posted on Jun, 17 2005 @ 12:36 PM


Lamar Alexander (R-TN) - (202) 224-4944
Robert Bennett (R-UT) - (202) 224-5444
Thad Cochran (R-MS) - (202) 224-5054
John Cornyn (R-TX) - (202) 224-2934
Michael Crapo (R-ID) - (202) 224-6142
Michael Enzi (R-WY) - (202) 224-3424
Chuck Grassley (R-IA) - (202) 224-3744
Judd Gregg (R-NH) - (202) 224-3324
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) - (202) 224-5251
Kay Hutchison (R-TX) - (202) 224-5922
Jon Kyl (R-AZ) - (202) 224-4521
Trent Lott (R-MS) - (202) 224-6253
Richard Shelby (R-AL) - (202) 224-5744
John Sununu (R-NH) - (202) 224-2841
Craig Thomas (R-WY) - (202) 224-6441


George Voinovich (R-OH)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

When a Bill, cosponsored by Democrat Mary Landrieu & Republican George Allen, proposed a resolution that the Senate apologize for more than a century of failure to enact anti-lynching legislation -- a century during which nearly five thousand people were hanged or burned by vigilante mobs -- they probably expected most, if not all, of there fellow Senators to sign on.
In the end, one-sixth did not. Senate majority leader Bill Frist (R-Cat killer) even went so far as to deny repeated requests for a roll call vote on the non-binding resolution. This gave 15 of Frist's fellow Republican Senators cover, and allowed them to register their disapproval without giving Democrats video footage of them voting "nay" because it might piss off some voters in their Klan-rich constituencies.

The Resolution

U\UZUbU[UcTYWYWZV&urcm=y]Atlanta Journal
Critics: Frist vetoed roll call
Senators were not required to go on record on issue

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/15/05
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) refused repeated requests for a roll call vote that would have put senators on the record on a resolution apologizing for past failures to pass anti-lynching laws, officials involved in the negotiations said Tuesday.

And there was disagreement Tuesday over whether Saxby Chambliss, one of Georgia's two Republican senators, had supported the measure when it was approved Monday night.

As dozens of descendants of lynching victims watched from the Senate gallery, the resolution was adopted Monday evening under a voice vote procedure that did not require any senator's presence.

Eighty senators, however, had signed as co-sponsors, putting themselves on record as supporting the resolution. By the time the Senate recessed Tuesday evening, five other senators had added their names as co-sponsors, leaving 15 Republicans who had not.

Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson was among the 80 sponsors listed Monday night. Chambliss' name was added to the list of co-sponsors after the resolution was adopted, according to the Congressional Record. But his office said he had signed onto the bill as a co-sponsor before Monday's vote.

The resolution was adopted under what is called "unanimous consent," whereby it is adopted as long as no senator expresses opposition.

But the group that was the driving force behind the resolution had asked Frist for a formal procedure that would have required all 100 senators to vote. And the group had asked that the debate take place during "business hours" during the week, instead of Monday evening, when most senators were traveling back to the capital.

Frist declined both requests, the group's chief counsel, Mark Planning, said Tuesday evening.

"It was very disappointing" that Frist handled the matter the way he did, Planning said. "Other groups have gotten roll call votes, so there was nothing new to this, nothing different that we were asking for."

Bob Stevenson, Frist's chief spokesman, said Tuesday evening the procedure the majority leader established was "requested by the sponsors."

The chief sponsors of the resolution, Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and George Allen (R-Va.), disputed that assertion.

Landrieu said Monday before the resolution was adopted she would have preferred a roll call vote but had to accept the conditions set by Senate leaders.

When Stevenson was informed of Landrieu's statement, he amended his comments to say "at least one of the sponsors" had requested adoption on a voice vote and in combination with a resolution related to Black History Month.

Allen press secretary David Snepp took issue with Stevenson. "I don't know why Bob Stevenson would characterize it that way," he said.

Snepp said Allen, since agreeing to sponsor the resolution, had insisted that he preferred a roll call vote.

Planning agreed that Landrieu and Allen "made every effort" to have the resolution debated during the day, when it would attract the most attention from the public, and with a formal roll call of the senators.

"We were very perplexed" that Frist would not agree to that, Planning said.

Jan Cohen, the wife of former Defense Secretary William Cohen and one of the key figures in the Committee for a Formal Apology, expressed outrage over the lack of a roll call vote.

"America is home of the brave, but I'm afraid there may be a few cowards who have to cower to their very narrow-minded and backward, hateful constituency," Cohen told ABC News. "They're hiding out, and it's reminiscent of a pattern of hiding out under a hood, in the night, riding past, scaring people."

I'm interested to find something out: Are people suprised that these Dixecrats in Elephant's clothing would do this? Are they intimately intune with their constituency - and know that a vote for the "good old days" circa 1920, is a sure vote for them?

Theses guys here have been keeping after the list of Pro-Lynching Senators, and in true Capitalist fashion, even figured out how to sell T-Shirts for it!!! Get yours today!!

A classic example of what's so strikingly wrong with the Republican party, but kudos to George Allen for not only cosponsering the bill, but to call Frist a damn liar for being one!

[edit on 17-6-2005 by Bout Time]

posted on Jun, 17 2005 @ 02:36 PM
Nothing but a bunch of proud Southern fat cats who are not ready to appologize for their Grandaddy's mistakes, or what some Americans might consider the good'ol days..

Completely Un-American. Hoooowever, when you think about it.... is it?

posted on Jun, 17 2005 @ 03:04 PM
And look at that, Voinovich went with it. Go Voin, from Ohio, and even though I am a dem, voted for him, and this here is why. He isn't a blind deaf mute following the party, he actually uses the brain nature/god/goddess/pebble people gave him for more then a paperweight.

Just like when the bill to get armor for the troops since they had so little, all but one dem said yes, and 38 republicans said F the troops, kill the troops, who cares about the troops, less money spent on them, more to haliburton, more into our pockets.

posted on Jun, 18 2005 @ 07:25 AM
The legislation was a sham. There is nothing more worthless than a bunch a senators who want to "shine". More feel-good-phony-bologna BS. What a waste of time.

I want a private Social Security account, so get to work Senators and stop wasting my money and time on trivial issues.

posted on Jun, 18 2005 @ 07:54 PM
Carseller4 i think if your dad was lynched you would feel differently.

posted on Jun, 18 2005 @ 10:54 PM
@ NinjaCodeMonkey

This is not about lynching. This is about some "holier than thou" politicians trying to make themselves feel important and good. Why was a roll call vote needed? Unanimous consent was not good enough?

posted on Jun, 18 2005 @ 11:00 PM
Actually, although an apology would be nice, it is not a smart political or legal move. Once the gov't says "I'm sorry" that can be an admission of guilt and here comes a truck load of lawyers with class action suits and crys for "you owe the familys and each generation there in a million bucks each".

That may sound a bit cold but the reality in this country is that we sue over everything and anything.

posted on Jun, 19 2005 @ 01:00 AM
Yeah it is fine murdering people as long as they are not white hey. The government should be sued for being such fuking #s. Anyone who is upset with this is either a racist KKK member or a republican, probably both.

So you will be fine with a child molester getting away because we didn't want him to admit guilt because he might have been sent to jail and sued? This is exactly what is wrong with you republicans, you just don't give a fuk about anyone but yourselves, it's truly disgusting.

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