What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Support for Independent International Law : HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Vote to Ban U.S. Funding to the International Criminal Court. (2002 house Roll Call 155)
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HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Vote to Ban U.S. Funding to the International Criminal Court.
house Roll Call 155     May 09, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
Yes

Every year, Congress must authorize the military programs that will be allowed to receive funding for the coming year. For the 2003 military authorization proposed by the Republican leadership, Paul (R-TX) proposed an amendment popular with conservatives: a ban on any funds that would support the International Criminal Court. Conservatives disliked the Court because they felt it would provide a forum for pursuing politically motivated trials against American soldiers. Progressives, on the other hand, felt the Court was more likely to empower the U.S. to bring war criminals to justice, and that abandoning the Court damaged U.S. credibility abroad. They voted "no" on Paul's amendment, but it passed nonetheless, 264-152.

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