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. 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)
No Vote: 17
No Vote: 9
No Vote: 26
—- AYES 188 —
Johnson, E. B.
S?nchez, Linda T.
—- NOES 218 —
Davis, Jo Ann
Lungren, Daniel E.
—- NOT VOTING 26 —
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.
Please 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