Flag Amendment Fails by Single Vote
Posted on Jun 28, 2006
Shame on all 66 senators who voted “yes” for this travesty. That means you, John McCain, Evan Bayh, George Allen, Sam Brownback and Chuck Hagel.
The narrow defeat of a proposal to ban flag desecration marks the second time in a month Senate Republicans have lost bids to amend the Constitution in ways designed to inspire social conservatives to vote in the midterm elections.
The 66-34 tally on the flag amendment Tuesday was one less than the two-thirds, or 67 votes, required to send it to the states for ratification. The House cleared the two-thirds threshold last year, 286-130.
Sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the amendment read: “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”