The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
The history of the Schumer abortion amendment
Time to try to 'clarify' (for my edification, at least ).
A handout from an anti-abortion group Pro-Life Legislation in Congress 2004 is helpful (with the usual caveat ). To summarise its section (p12ff) on the bankruptcy reform legislation in the 108th:
In the 107th, HR 333 failed because of the Senate insisting on a Schumer amendment.
Then, in the 108th, HR 975 (the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act) passed the House, and was placed on the Senate calendar, but made no further progress.
The House, considering S 1920, a farm bankruptcy bill, substituted the text of HR 975 for the text passed by the Senate. A conference on the bill only got as far as the House appointing conferees. The farm bankruptcy legislation was passed as S 2864 - with no Schumer amendment.
I heard on Janeane Garofalo's show earlier suggestion that the Senate had voted for a bankruptcy bill in the 108th by a large margin - implying that any thought of a filibuster on Tuesday was wasted effort. I can't see that any bankruptcy measure was the subject of a roll call vote in the 108th - and, though I leave wide open the possibility that I am just reading THOMAS wrong, the anti-abortion handout is corroboration of sorts.
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