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13-HRes196 on May 3, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: House Resolution on court policy
Source: H.RES.196
    Congressional RESOLUTION supporting the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, the right to counsel.
  • WHEREAS on March 18, 1963, the Supreme Court recognized in Gideon v. Wainwright that counsel must be provided to indigent defendants in all felony cases;
  • WHEREAS the Supreme Court held that providing counsel to indigent defendants in all felony cases meets the essential requirements of the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution; and
  • WHEREAS the Supreme Court held in Argersinger v. Hamlin that absent a knowing and intelligent waiver, no person may be imprisoned for any offense, whether classified as petty, misdemeanor, or felony, unless they were represented by counsel at their trial:
    Now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives--
  1. supports the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, the right to counsel; and
  2. supports strategies to improve the criminal justice system to ensure that indigent defendants in all felony cases are ade

      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Question 9: Stricter punishment reduces crime Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Crime
    • Headline: Sponsored providing defense lawyers for all indigent defendants (Score: -2)
    • Headline 2: Provide defense lawyers for all indigent defendants (Score: -2)

    • Key for participation codes:
    • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
    • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
    • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
    • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
    • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

    Democrats participating in 13-HRes196

    Suzanne Bonamici s1oOregon DemocratMay 3, 2013
    Judy Chu s1oCalifornia DemocratMay 3, 2013
    John Conyers s1oMichigan DemocratMay 3, 2013
    Ted Deutch s2pFlorida DemocratMay 3, 2013
    Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas DemocratMay 7, 2013
    Hank Johnson s1oGeorgia DemocratMay 3, 2013
    Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia DemocratMay 3, 2013
    James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat (retiring 2014)May 13, 2013
    Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib. (retiring 2016)May 3, 2013
    Bobby Scott s1oVirginia DemocratMay 7, 2013
    Mel Watt s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (appointed to FHFA)May 6, 2013
    Frederica Wilson s1oFlorida DemocratMay 3, 2013

    Republicans participating in 13-HRes196

    Steve Chabot s1oOhio RepublicanMay 3, 2013

    Independents participating in 13-HRes196

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 12
    Republicans: 1
    Independents: 0

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