What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Civil Rights : H.J. Res. 4. Flag Desecration/Passage of a Bill to Restrict Political Speech by Criminalizing the Destruction of the U.S. Flag. (2003 house Roll Call 234)
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H.J. Res. 4. Flag Desecration/Passage of a Bill to Restrict Political Speech by Criminalizing the Destruction of the U.S. Flag.
house Roll Call 234     Jun 03, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

For the fifth time in fourteen years, the House took up legislation that would ban the destruction of the U.S. flag. Progressives voted in opposition to the ban because, in their view, defacing the U.S. flag is a protected form of political speech under the First Amendment. The view of Progressives, it should be noted, is supported by a Supreme Court ruling on the issue. In a flag-burning case considered in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that flag burning was protected under the First Amendment. To pass a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution, a two-thirds majority vote must be obtained in both the House and Senate. The necessary majority was obtained in the House on a 300-125 vote. However, four previous attempts to add a constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration have been defeated in the Senate.

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