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Liberal Democrats Vow To Defeat Hate Crimes Bill

Jim Burroway

November 17th, 2007

Well, not really, but what an ironic world we live in.

When the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Act was being debated in the House, President Bush promised to veto the legislation. So when the Senate took up the measure, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) attached it to the Defense Authorization Bill in order to try to make it veto-proof. Now that the Defense Authorization Bill has passed both the House and Senate in two different forms, it now goes to a joint Congressional conference committee.

And that is where the trouble started. As many as 180 house conservatives (mostly Republican) who voted against the hate crimes bill threaten to vote against any defense authorization bill that would include the hate crimes provisions. And they will be joined by as many as 20 anti-war Democrats who vow to vote against the defense authorization because it will provide for the continuation of the Iraq war.

Now it looks like further action on the defense authorization bill will be delayed until early December. It’s unclear right now whether the hate crimes provisions will survive.

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Suricou Raven
November 20th, 2007 | LINK

If Bush vetos.

Bush: “The Democrats would sacrifice our the lives of our troops to make a political point!”

Democrats: “Bush would sacrifice the lives of our troops just to earn votes from the anti-gay lobby!”

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