Bil Browning

Hate crimes vote update

Filed By Bil Browning | September 27, 2007 11:55 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: hate crimes against LGBT people, larry craig, Matthew Shepard Act, Senate, Senate hearing

Trying to keep this as up-to-date as possible while I'm working... Help out in the comments section if I miss something...

So far the Matthew Shepard Act has had it's cloture vote. It passed 60-39 and now goes to the full Senate as an amendment to the military appropriations bill. Larry Craig voted against the act. You can take the Senator out of the bigotry, but you can't take the bigotry out of the Senator, I guess... He's such a hypocritical ass.

UPDATE: That was pretty much it. It had a voice vote that approved it to be attached as an amendment. It's in there. Now it's just up to BushCo as to whether or not he'll veto the whole bill. Because while he likes to talk about how much he supports the troops, he likes to hate some gays even more...

UPDATE 2: Roll call votes are listed after the break. Republican presidential nominee John McCain didn't vote.

Voting in favor
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Obama (D-IL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

Voting against
Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagel (R-NE)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lott (R-MS)
Martinez (R-FL)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)


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Check out the HRC website at www.hrc.org for a more authoritative account, but ... as I read there, the roll-call cloture vote (60-39) was followed immediately by a full-floor voice vote, which also passed.

The House version has already passed, and there is no mention of a need for it to go through a final conference committee, so ...

... I believe that this means the bill now will go to the President for his signature or his veto.

Please correct me if I am wrong about any of this.

I must admit that I'm pleased that both Senators from Indiana were on board for this. I wasn't sure what Lugar would do.