We 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 against aerial fumigation of Columbian rain forests and farms.
House Resolution 5522
RECORDED VOTE: 9-Jun-2006, 1:44 PM
AUTHOR(S): McGovern of Massachusetts Amendment No. 7
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Amendment (described after list of names below ? CC)
No Vote: 17
No Vote: 12
No Vote: 29
—- AYES 174 —
Johnson, E. B.
S?nchez, Linda T.
—- NOES 229 —
Davis, Jo Ann
Lungren, Daniel E.
—- NOT VOTING 29 —
As early as Thursday of this week, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) will offer an amendment to the House Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill to take $30 million away from aerial fumigation of drug crops in Colombia and transfer it to emergency humanitarian relief for refugees. Fumigation harms Colombia’s environment and people caught in its way, and eradication has never done more than move the growing of coca from place to place.
Please help to roll back the futile and destructive drug war that the US has forced on Colombia by supporting Rep. McGovern’s amendment ? visit Stopthedrugwar.org/stopthehelicopters to e-mail your US Representative today!
When you’re done with that, please follow up with a phone call to make additional impact by using our lookup tool at Stopthedrugwar.org/lookup.html.
Again, this vote could happen as soon as Thursday ? that means your action is needed right now ? so lobby Congress today! Thank you for helping to end the drug war.
Watch “Plan Columbia” on Pot.tv for more background information on the American-led Drug War in Columbia.
Update June 9 after the vote:
June 9, 2006
Dear Colombia Advocates,
First and foremost, thank you for all of your action on this amendment! The efforts of activists across the nation who care about peace and human rights in Colombia were visible from Washington. The amendment was struck down by a vote of 174-229.* The vote was preceded by an intense, hour-long debate on the House floor. Members of Congress in favor of the amendment laid out strong arguments on the ineffectiveness of drug policy and spoke adamantly about human rights problems in Colombia. They insisted that we should not give Colombia a blank check. To see how your representative voted,see the roll call for this vote at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll242.xml.
We owe a special thank you to the cosponsors to the amendment: Representatives McGovern, Leach, Schakowsky, Farr, Payne, Grijalva and Lee. We are particularly grateful of Rep. McGovern?s relentless dedication to this issue. Thanks also to Reps. Skelton and Obey for making strong statements during the debate, and to Rep. Pelosi for her active support of the amendment. We are very appreciative of Rep. Nita Lowey as well, the top Democrat on the foreign operations subcommittee, who helped to ensure an extra $10 million in economic aid to Colombia, in response to our concerns of the need to help victims of the conflict. If one of these members of Congress represents your district, please thank him/her!
The heated debate in the Capitol was led by Rep. Jim McGovern, the initial sponsor of the legislation, who spoke passionately about our approach to Colombia in recent years. ?[Drug policy] has been a miserable failure,? he stated, ?and the Colombian military continues to commit heinous acts with impunity.? Rep. McGovern cited grave human rights abuses by the Colombian military, including the recent massacre of an entire anti-narcotics police unit. ?We?re not a cheap date that you can take advantage of,? said Mr. McGovern. ??We?re watching and we demand accountability.? Rep. Skelton reinforced the idea. ?This amendment, which I support, shows Colombia that assistance is not unlimited and should not go unchecked.?
Representatives also focused on the total lack of success of the drug policy. Rep. Leach mentioned that the debate is ?not about stemming the drug trade, it?s about whether the method of going about it is appropriate.? The opposition insisted that hundreds of thousands of hectares of coca have been sprayed during Plan Colombia, to which rep. McGovern rebutted ?Yes, eradication has dramatically increased, but it has changed nothing.? Rep. Farr agreed, asserting that alternative development programs for small farmers are far more effective than aerial spraying. ?You can?t wipe out a crop by bombing it.?
LAWG will put out a more in-depth analysis of this vote next week on its website at www.lawg.org.
In other good news, the Senate decided earlier this week to put a temporary hold on a portion of this year?s military assistance to Colombia over growing concerns of the human rights? record of the Colombian military.
If you haven?t seen the Institute for Policy Studies? slideshow on the internally displaced persons in Colombia, take a look! http://www.lawg.org/IDPs/
Jennifer and Lisa
*Note that 33 members of the House were not present for the vote.
Latin America Working Group