Torture School Funding Cancellation REJECTED; House Roll Call

Vote fails, torture school stays openVote fails, torture school stays openWe list the House of Represenative members who voted for, against, or not at all on the amendment. Cannabis Culture endorsed AYE (yes) on the Amendment.
In Cannabis Culture #62 (Sept/Oct 2006), we will analyze the voting record of all 434 Members of the House of representatives, and this vote is one of the TEN votes in the 109th Congress that we are rating and reviewing so all our American readers can make an informed choice this fall in the US mid-term elections for the House of Representatives.

If you want to find out who your Congressman is, go to www.house.gov/writerep. You can write your congressman from there also.

There you can find out who YOUR REPRESENTATIVE is, and then see how they voted JUNE 9th on this important amendment. The School of the Americas (SOA), renamed as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2001, is a military training facility for Latin American security personnel located at Fort Benning, Georgia. It catapulted into the headlines in 1996 when the Pentagon released training manuals used at the school that advocated torture, extortion and execution.

Despite this shocking admission and hundreds of documented human rights abuses connected to soldiers trained at the school, no independent investigation into the training facility has ever taken place. Today, June 9, , Congress voted on an amendment (7) to HR 5522 to close the SOA/WHINSEC. It was NOT PASSED with 188 votes FOR the amendment, 218 votes AGAINST.

House Resolution 5522
RECORDED VOTE 9-Jun-2006 1:50 PM
AUTHOR(S): McGovern of Massachusetts Amendment No. 8
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Amendment (as described in article following list of names? CC)

Republican
Ayes: 29
Noes: 184
No Vote: 17

Democratic
Ayes: 158
Noes: 34
No Vote: 9

Independent
Aye: 1

Totals
Ayes: 188
Noes: 218
No Vote: 26

—- AYES 188 —
Abercrombie
Ackerman
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Baird
Baldwin
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Biggert
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boucher
Brown (OH)
Brown, Corrine
Butterfield
Camp (MI)
Capps
Capuano
Cardin
Carnahan
Carson
Chabot
Chandler
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coble
Conyers
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
Davis (TN)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Dicks
Doggett
Doyle
Duncan
Ehlers
Emanuel
Engel
Eshoo
Etheridge
Farr
Fattah
Feeney
Filner
Fitzpatrick (PA)
Flake
Foley
Ford
Frank (MA)
Gilchrest
Goode
Gordon
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Gutknecht
Harman
Higgins
Hinchey
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hooley
Hoyer
Hulshof
Inglis (SC)
Inslee
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jefferson
Johnson, E. B.
Jones (OH)
Kanjorski
Kelly
Kennedy (RI)
Kildee
Kilpatrick (MI)
Kind
Kucinich
LaHood
Langevin
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
LaTourette
Leach
Lee
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Lynch
Maloney
Markey
Matsui
McCarthy
McCollum (MN)
McDermott
McGovern
McKinney
McNulty
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Melancon
Michaud
Millender-McDonald
Miller, George
Mollohan
Moore (KS)
Moore (WI)
Moran (KS)
Moran (VA)
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Paul
Payne
Pelosi
Peterson (MN)
Petri
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Rahall
Ramstad
Rangel
Ross
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sabo
Salazar
S?nchez, Linda T.
Sanders
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schwartz (PA)
Scott (VA)
Sensenbrenner
Serrano
Shays
Sherman
Simmons
Slaughter
Smith (NJ)
Smith (WA)
Solis
Stark
Strickland
Stupak
Tauscher
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Towns
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Upton
Van Hollen
Vel?zquez
Visclosky
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Woolsey
Wu
Wynn

—- NOES 218 —
Aderholt
Akin
Alexander
Bachus
Barrett (SC)
Barrow
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Bass
Bean
Beauprez
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Boehner
Bonilla
Bonner
Boozman
Boren
Boswell
Boustany
Boyd
Bradley (NH)
Brady (TX)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Campbell (CA)
Cantor
Capito
Cardoza
Carter
Case
Castle
Chocola
Cole (OK)
Cooper
Costa
Cramer
Crenshaw
Cubin
Cuellar
Culberson
Davis (AL)
Davis (KY)
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Tom
Deal (GA)
DeLay
Dent
Diaz-Balart, L.
Dingell
Doolittle
Drake
Dreier
Edwards
Emerson
English (PA)
Everett
Ferguson
Forbes
Fortenberry
Fossella
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gillmor
Gingrey
Gohmert
Gonzalez
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Hall
Harris
Hart
Hastings (FL)
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Herseth
Hinojosa
Hobson
Hoekstra
Hostettler
Hunter
Hyde
Issa
Istook
Jenkins
Jindal
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, Sam
Jones (NC)
Keller
Kennedy (MN)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kirk
Kline
Knollenberg
Kolbe
Kuhl (NY)
Latham
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
Lucas
Lungren, Daniel E.
Mack
Marchant
Marshall
Matheson
McCaul (TX)
McCotter
McCrery
McHenry
McIntyre
McMorris
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller (NC)
Miller, Gary
Murphy
Murtha
Musgrave
Myrick
Neugebauer
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nunes
Ortiz
Osborne
Otter
Oxley
Pearce
Pickering
Pitts
Platts
Poe
Pombo
Porter
Price (GA)
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Radanovich
Regula
Rehberg
Reichert
Renzi
Reynolds
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Royce
Ruppersberger
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Sanchez, Loretta
Saxton
Schmidt
Schwarz (MI)
Scott (GA)
Sessions
Shadegg
Shaw
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Skelton
Smith (TX)
Snyder
Sodrel
Souder
Spratt
Stearns
Sullivan
Sweeney
Tancredo
Tanner
Taylor (MS)
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thomas
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Turner
Walden (OR)
Wamp
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Westmoreland
Wexler
Whitfield
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

—- NOT VOTING 26 —
Baker
Becerra
Blunt
Boehlert
Bono
Brady (PA)
Cannon
Conaway
Costello
Davis (FL)
Diaz-Balart, M.
Evans
Gibbons
Gutierrez
Kaptur
Kingston
Manzullo
McHugh
McKeon
Nussle
Pence
Peterson (PA)
Reyes
Walsh
Watson
Wicker

The prior article is below:

The School of the Americas (SOA), renamed as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2001, is a military training facility for Latin American security personnel located at Fort Benning, Georgia. It catapulted into the headlines in 1996 when the Pentagon released training manuals used at the school that advocated torture, extortion and execution.

Despite this shocking admission and hundreds of documented human rights abuses connected to soldiers trained at the school, no independent investigation into the training facility has ever taken place. This week, Congress will vote on an amendment to close the SOA/WHINSEC.

Rep. McGovern (MA) will introduce an amendment to the Foreign Operations appropriations bill to cut funding for the SOA/WHINSEC. We expect a close vote in the House this week, and we need as many people as possible flooding the offices of Members of Congress with calls in support of a YES vote on the amendment! We need you to call, email and fax Congress every day until the vote happens. It’s been six years since our last vote in Congress, and the work of thousands of people across the Americas who care about justice has gotten us to where we are today. Let’s make this final push together! Visit the Legislative Action Index for more information.

Vote fails, torture school stays openPlease take the time to call the DC office of your Representative through the Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or toll free at 1-888-355-3588. Ask to speak with the foreign affairs legislative assistant. Here is a suggested message for you to convey:

“I am calling Congressman/woman ________ to urge him/her to vote YES on the McGovern amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. This amendment is a cut in funding for the School of the Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. New information indicates that WHINSEC has allowed known human rights abusers to instruct and receive training at the school. Argentina and Uruguay are two more countries that have made public announcements they will no longer send students to the school, citing the negative image and history of this institution. Voting YES on this amendment sends a positive human rights message to Latin America and will help to improve the U.S. image abroad. As an elected official in Washington D.C., I hope you will represent me and vote YES on any amendment in the House that would cut funding for the school.”

Send an email and fax to your Representative and don?t forget to click the “Send a Fax” box to have the fax sent.

? Visit the website for the School of the Americas watch group at www.SOAW.org

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