What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Civil Rights : Procedural Motion/Vote to Table (Kill) an Effort to Chastise Congresswoman Cubin (R-WY) For Her Racially-Charged Remarks on the House Floor. (2003 house Roll Call 119)
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Procedural Motion/Vote to Table (Kill) an Effort to Chastise Congresswoman Cubin (R-WY) For Her Racially-Charged Remarks on the House Floor.
house Roll Call 119     Apr 09, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

During House debate on an amendment to gun-liability legislation that would bar the sale of guns to drug addicts, Congresswoman Cubin (R-WY) queried, "Well, so does that mean if you go into a black community, you can't sell any gun to any black person?" Cubin's remarks offended many of her colleagues and Congressman Watt (D-NC), a member of the congressional black caucus, asked to have Cubin's words "taken down" which, if Watt's motion was successful, would have prevented Cubin from speaking on the floor for the rest of the day. Congressman Sensenbrenner then offered a motion to table (or strike down) Watt's challenge; this vote pertains to the Sensenbrenner motion to strike down Watt's objection to Cubin's statement. Progressives supported Watt's effort to penalize Cubin for her racially-charged remarks. Republicans voted unanimously to table Watt's motion to have Cubin's words taken down and were successful on a vote of 227-195; Congresswoman Cubin was therefore not penalized for her racially-charged statement.

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