I believe the Bush administration is capable of any kind of treachery, but it’s hard for me to believe that Congress can walk lockstep, regardless of which party is in the majority. I read this story yesterday, and expected it to turn out to be a satire. Apparently it’s true. Whoops.
The Democrats tried to stick some amendments onto the bill H.R. 748-The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA). They were voted down in the Judiciary Committee. So it goes…. but when the records of the proceedings were written into the historical record, some looney went batshit:
DEMS: a Nadler amendment allows an adult who could be prosecuted under the bill to go to a Federal district court and seek a waiver to the stateâ€™s parental notice laws if this remedy is not available in the state court. (no 11-16)
GOP REWRITE:. Mr. Nadler offered an amendment that would have created an additional layer of Federal court review that could be used by sexual predators to escape conviction under the bill. By a roll call vote of 11 yeas to 16 nays, the amendment was defeated.
DEMS: a Nadler amendment to exempt a grandparent or adult sibling from the criminal and civil provisions in the bill (no 12-19)
GOP REWRITE: . Mr. Nadler offered an amendment that would have exempted sexual predators from prosecution under the bill if they were grandparents or adult siblings of a minor. By a roll call vote of 12 yeas to 19 nays, the amendment was defeated.
DEMS: a Scott amendment to exempt cab drivers, bus drivers and others in the business transportation profession from the criminal provisions in the bill (no 13-17):
GOP REWRITE. Mr. Scott offered an amendment that would have exempted sexual predators from prosecution if they are taxicab drivers, bus drivers, or others in the business of professional transport. By a roll call vote of 13 yeas to 17 nays, the amendment was defeated.
DEMS: a Scott amendment that would have limited criminal liability to the person committing the offense in the first degree (no 12-18)
GOP REWRITE:. Mr. Scott offered an amendment that would have exempted from prosecution under the bill those who aid and abet criminals who could be prosecuted under the bill. By a roll call vote of 12 yeas to 18 nays, the amendment was defeated
DEMS: a Jackson-Lee amendment to exempt clergy, godparents, aunts, uncles or first cousins from the penalties in the bill (no 13-20)
GOP REWRITE. Ms. Jackson-Lee offered an amendment that would have exempted sexual predators from prosecution under the bill if they were clergy, godparents, aunts, uncles, or first cousins of a minor, and would require a study by the Government Accounting Office. By a roll call vote of 13 yeas to 20 nays, the amendment was defeated.
Again, this is not satire. This is what was really put into the record of proceedings. Elements of the Republican party, not just the Bush administration, are completely off their rockers.
This kind of behavior is probably going to make some pro-lifers uncomfortable, as while they are staunchly against the intent of the Democratic amendments, hijacking the official record to make nonsequiturs about sexual predators to libel anyone who takes a different stance is not going to add legitimacy to their arguments.
It’s really quite funny, except i can see any Democrat in that Judiciary Committee is going to have to face ads in their reelection campaigns about them voting to protect sexual predators, something not one of these bills addresses. To reframe this absurdist logic, one could insist that anyone who voted for the Bill of Rights was voting for the rights of sexual predators. Abortion might have to do with sex, but it does not automatically link it to sexual predators.