Cut in Aerial Spraying REJECTED: How the HOUSE Voted

Progressive ammendment rejectedProgressive ammendment rejectedWe 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)

Republican
Ayes: 12
Noes: 201
No Vote: 17

Democratic
Ayes: 161
Noes: 28
No Vote: 12

Independent
Aye: 1

Total
Ayes: 174
Noes: 229
No Vote: 29

—- AYES 174 —
Abercrombie
Ackerman
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Baird
Baldwin
Barrow
Bean
Berkley
Berman
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boren
Boswell
Boucher
Brown (OH)
Brown, Corrine
Butterfield
Capps
Capuano
Cardin
Carnahan
Carson
Chandler
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Conyers
Cooper
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
Doggett
Doyle
Ehlers
Emanuel
Eshoo
Etheridge
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Flake
Frank (MA)
Gonzalez
Gordon
Green, Al
Grijalva
Gutknecht
Hall
Harman
Hastings (FL)
Herseth
Higgins
Hinchey
Holt
Honda
Hooley
Hoyer
Hulshof
Inslee
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jefferson
Johnson, E. B.
Kelly
Kennedy (RI)
Kildee
Kilpatrick (MI)
Kind
Kucinich
Langevin
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Leach
Lee
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lipinski
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Lynch
Maloney
Markey
Matsui
McCarthy
McCollum (MN)
McDermott
McGovern
McIntyre
McKinney
McNulty
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Michaud
Millender-McDonald
Miller (NC)
Miller, George
Mollohan
Moore (KS)
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Otter
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Paul
Payne
Pelosi
Pitts
Platts
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Rahall
Ramstad
Rangel
Ross
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sabo
Salazar
S?nchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sanders
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schwartz (PA)
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sherman
Skelton
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Solis
Spratt
Stark
Strickland
Stupak
Tanner
Tauscher
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Towns
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Van Hollen
Vel?zquez
Visclosky
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Wexler
Woolsey
Wu
Wynn

—- NOES 229 —
Aderholt
Akin
Alexander
Bachus
Barrett (SC)
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Bass
Beauprez
Berry
Biggert
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Boehner
Bonilla
Bonner
Boozman
Boustany
Boyd
Bradley (NH)
Brady (TX)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Camp (MI)
Campbell (CA)
Cantor
Capito
Cardoza
Carter
Case
Castle
Chabot
Chocola
Coble
Cole (OK)
Costa
Cramer
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cubin
Cuellar
Culberson
Davis (AL)
Davis (KY)
Davis (TN)
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Tom
Deal (GA)
Delahunt
DeLay
Dent
Diaz-Balart, L.
Dicks
Dingell
Doolittle
Drake
Dreier
Duncan
Edwards
Emerson
English (PA)
Everett
Feeney
Ferguson
Fitzpatrick (PA)
Foley
Forbes
Fortenberry
Fossella
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gillmor
Gingrey
Gohmert
Goode
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Green, Gene
Harris
Hart
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Hinojosa
Hobson
Hoekstra
Holden
Hostettler
Hunter
Hyde
Inglis (SC)
Issa
Istook
Jenkins
Jindal
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, Sam
Jones (NC)
Kanjorski
Keller
Kennedy (MN)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kirk
Kline
Knollenberg
Kolbe
Kuhl (NY)
LaHood
Latham
LaTourette
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
LoBiondo
Lucas
Lungren, Daniel E.
Mack
Marchant
Marshall
Matheson
McCaul (TX)
McCotter
McCrery
McHenry
McMorris
Meeks (NY)
Melancon
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Moran (KS)
Murphy
Murtha
Musgrave
Myrick
Neugebauer
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nunes
Ortiz
Osborne
Oxley
Pearce
Pence
Peterson (MN)
Petri
Pickering
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)
Saxton
Schmidt
Schwarz (MI)
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shaw
Shays
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shuster
Simmons
Simpson
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Sodrel
Souder
Stearns
Sullivan
Sweeney
Tancredo
Taylor (MS)
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thomas
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Walden (OR)
Wamp
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

—- NOT VOTING 29 —
Baker
Becerra
Blunt
Boehlert
Bono
Brady (PA)
Cannon
Conaway
Costello
Davis (FL)
Diaz-Balart, M.
Engel
Evans
Ford
Gibbons
Gilchrest
Gutierrez
Jones (OH)
Kaptur
Kingston
Manzullo
McHugh
McKeon
Nussle
Peterson (PA)
Reyes
Walsh
Watson
Wicker

Previous story:

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/

Best,
Jennifer and Lisa
*Note that 33 members of the House were not present for the vote.

Jennifer Trowbridge
Lisa Haugaard
Latin America Working Group
www.lawg.org
[email protected]

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