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20-HR4052 on Jul 25, 2019

Decided Dec 15, 2020

Source: H.R.4052/S.2390
Legislative summary of H.R.4052: This bill prohibits the imposition of a death penalty sentence for a violation of federal law. A person sentenced to death before enactment of this bill must be resentenced.

Press release and letter on Connolly.House.gov: Capital punishment is unjust, racist and defective. The United States stands alone among its peers in executing its own citizens, a barbaric punishment that denies the dignity and humanity of all people and is disproportionately applied to people who are Black, Latinx, and poor. In their letter, the lawmakers called on President-Elect Biden to affirm his commitment to eliminating the death penalty--as laid out in his criminal justice reform plan--by ending it through executive action on Day 1 of his administration. The lawmakers also made clear that in the 117th Congress, they will continue to work to advance H.R. 4052, legislation to permanently abolish the death penalty.

ProPublica summary by Isaac Arnsdorf 12/23/20: Throughout the campaign, Trump highlighted executions as a contrast to Joe Biden's opposition to the death penalty, reinforcing Trump's "law and order" message. The Justice Department has killed 10 people since July, with three more executions scheduled before Biden's inauguration. "Death penalty all the way," Trump said at a February 2016 campaign event. "I've always supported the death penalty. I don't even understand people that don't."

Until this year, the Justice Department hadn't executed anyone since 2003. A drug that most states and the federal government used in lethal injections, a sedative called sodium pentothal, became unavailable because the sole American manufacturer stopped making it. Shortly after Trump's presidency began, his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, [pushed] to resolve these issues so that the federal Bureau of Prisons could resume executions.


    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: Asked Biden Administration to abolish federal death penalty (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Reinstate lethal injections; implement federal death penalty (Score: 2)
  • Headline 3: Sponsored bill to abolish federal death penalty (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 20-HR4052

Alma Adams s3oNorth Carolina Democratic House MemberDec 16, 2020
Karen Bass s3oCalifornia DemocratJul 25, 2019
Joyce Beatty w1Ohio DemocratDec 16, 2020
Don Beyer w1Virginia Democratic House MemberDec 16, 2020
Earl Blumenauer w1Oregon DemocratDec 16, 2020
Suzanne Bonamici w1Oregon DemocratDec 16, 2020
Jamaal Bowman w1New York DemocraticDec 16, 2020
Anthony Brown s3oMaryland DemocratSep 6, 2019
Cori Bush w1Missouri DemocraticDec 16, 2020
David Cicilline w1Rhode Island DemocratDec 16, 2020
Katherine Clark w1Massachusetts DemocratDec 16, 2020
Yvette Clarke w1New York DemocratDec 16, 2020
Bonnie Watson Coleman w1New Jersey Democratic House MemberDec 16, 2020
Jim Cooper s3oTennessee DemocratDec 18, 2020
Elijah Cummings s3oMaryland DemocratJul 25, 2019
Danny Davis w1Illinois DemocratSep 24, 2019
Madeleine Dean w1Pennsylvania DemocratDec 15, 2020
Diana DeGette s3oColorado DemocratJul 22, 2020
Suzan DelBene s3oWashington DemocratSep 6, 2019
Mark DeSaulnier s3oCalifornia Democratic House MemberAug 28, 2020
Dwight Evans w1Pennsylvania DemocratDec 14, 2020
Chuy Garcia w1Illinois DemocratDec 16, 2020
Jimmy Gomez s3oCalifornia DemocratDec 16, 2020
Raul Grijalva w1Arizona DemocratDec 16, 2020
Alcee Hastings s3oFlorida DemocratSep 24, 2019
Pramila Jayapal w1Washington DemocratDec 16, 2020
Hakeem Jeffries s3oNew York DemocratSep 24, 2019
Hank Johnson w1Georgia DemocratDec 16, 2020
Mondaire Jones w1New York DemocratDec 16, 2020
Marcy Kaptur s3oOhio DemocratDec 14, 2020
Joe Kennedy III s3oMA Democratic Senate challengerJul 25, 2019
Ro Khanna w1California DemocratDec 16, 2020
Brenda Lawrence w1Michigan Democratic House MemberSep 24, 2019
Barbara Lee w1California DemocratJul 25, 2019
Andy Levin w1Michigan DemocratDec 16, 2020
John Lewis s3oGeorgia DemocratSep 24, 2019
Ted Lieu w1California Democratic House MemberDec 16, 2020
Zoe Lofgren s3oCalifornia DemocratJul 22, 2020
Alan Lowenthal s3oCalifornia DemocratNov 13, 2019
Tom Malinowski s3oNew Jersey DemocratNov 12, 2019
Betty McCollum s3oMinnesota DemocratDec 15, 2020
Jim McGovern w1Massachusetts DemocratDec 16, 2020
Gwen Moore w1Wisconsin DemocratDec 14, 2020
Eleanor Holmes Norton w1District of Columbia DemocratJul 25, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez w1New York DemocratJul 25, 2019
Ilhan Omar w1Minnesota DemocratJul 25, 2019
Frank Pallone w1New Jersey DemocratDec 16, 2020
Chellie Pingree w1Maine DemocratDec 16, 2020
Mark Pocan w1Wisconsin DemocratDec 16, 2020
Ayanna Pressley s3pMassachusetts Democrat 
Jamie Raskin w1Maryland DemocratDec 16, 2020
Bobby Rush s3oIllinois DemocratSep 24, 2019
John Sarbanes s3oMaryland DemocratAug 21, 2020
Mary Gay Scanlon w1Pennsylvania DemocratJul 22, 2020
Jan Schakowsky w1Illinois DemocratSep 14, 2020
Abigail Spanberger s3oVirginia DemocratNov 18, 2020
Bennie Thompson w1Mississippi DemocratDec 16, 2020
Rashida Tlaib w1Michigan DemocratJul 25, 2019
Lori Trahan w1Massachusetts DemocratDec 16, 2020
David Trone w1Maryland DemocratDec 14, 2020
Nydia Velazquez w1New York Democrat/Working-FamiliesDec 16, 2020
Peter Welch w1Vermont DemocratDec 14, 2020
Susan Wild s3oPennsylvania DemocratDec 15, 2020



Republicans participating in 20-HR4052

Donald Trump w2dPOTUS Republican Presidential incumbentDec 16, 2020



Independents participating in 20-HR4052

Justin Amash s3oMI Libertarian Presidential Challenger Jul 25, 2019
Joe Biden w3cDE Vice PresidentDec 16, 2020
Jeff Sessions w2dAL Attorney General 2017-2018Dec 16, 2020



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 63
Republicans: 1
Independents: 3


















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