What: All Issues : War & Peace : HR 4635. Arming Commercial Pilots/Vote to Limit Scope of Program Which Would Risk Injury and Hijacking By Arming Commercial Airline Pilots. (2002 house Roll Call 291)
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HR 4635. Arming Commercial Pilots/Vote to Limit Scope of Program Which Would Risk Injury and Hijacking By Arming Commercial Airline Pilots.
house Roll Call 291     Jul 10, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Most Republicans and many Democrats felt that pilots in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks should be armed to prevent another hijacking. Those who were skeptical but felt the idea had merit wrote a bill that armed a maximum of 2 percent of all pilots on a temporary basis. Progressives supported this more modest approach if they supported anything at all, because they were concerned that pilots with guns would create more dangers than they would prevent. Supporters of a more aggressive program, on the other hand, had proposed an amendment that removed the 2 percent cap and made the program permanent. This amendment had passed, but those who had crafted the original plan called for a vote on the amendment again, in hopes it would not fare as well the second time. Progressives voted against this amendment the second time just as they had before, believing a test program was a wiser first step. However, the vote was largely the same. The amendment was rejected 251-172.

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