What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Individual Rights : H. Res. 153. Day of Prayer/Passage of a Bill Expressing the Sense of the House that the President Should Designate a Day of Prayer, Fasting, and Humility. (2003 house Roll Call 90)
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H. Res. 153. Day of Prayer/Passage of a Bill Expressing the Sense of the House that the President Should Designate a Day of Prayer, Fasting, and Humility.
house Roll Call 90     Mar 27, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

This vote pertains to a motion offered by Congressman Shays (R-CT) to adopt a "sense of the House" resolution-a nonbinding resolution that lacks the force of law-urging President Bush to designate a day of prayer, fasting, and humility. The resolution would also encourage individuals to observe the designated day by seeking guidance from God to understand their failings and find resolve to confront the nation's challenges. Progressives objected to the Shay's resolution on the grounds that government has no business instructing its citizens on religious matters. The vote on the Shay's proposal was held under suspension of the rules-a procedure designated for non-controversial pieces of legislation which requires the support from two-thirds of those voting-and the measure passed overwhelmingly on a 349-49 vote.

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