What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Individual Rights : HR 3129. Reauthorizing the Customs Service/Final Passage of a Bill Which Exempted Customs Agents from Lawsuits for Wrongful Searches. (2002 house Roll Call 193)
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HR 3129. Reauthorizing the Customs Service/Final Passage of a Bill Which Exempted Customs Agents from Lawsuits for Wrongful Searches.
house Roll Call 193     May 22, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The House Republican bill to reauthorize the Customs Service included two provisions Progressives felt abridged the civil rights of ordinary Americans. The first made Customs agents immune from lawsuits for wrongful searches as long as they followed departmental procedure when conducting the search. The second allowed Customs agents to search unsealed outbound international mail. A Waters (DCA) amendment to remove these provisions had earlier been rejected (see vote 192), and Progressives could not support a reauthorization bill that included the two measures. Progressives voted against final passage of the bill. However, it passed anyway, and by a large margin 327-101.

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