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HR 5005 - Establishing the Department of Homeland Security - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Mel Watt voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

Read statements Mel Watt made in this general time period.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) - Became Public Law No. 107-296 -
Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) -
Note:

NOTE: THIS VOTE PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MEANING NO MEMBER OBJECTED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTE. THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE THAT ALL MEMBERS FAVORED THE VOTE'S OUTCOME.

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (90-9) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishing the Department of Homeland Security

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would create a Homeland Security Department with cabinet-level status for the purpose of protecting United States security.

Highlights:
  • Consolidates 22 independent agencies into the new department, including Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, Coast Guard, Customs Service and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • Requires the Department to be responsible for border security, immigration affairs, intelligence, science and technology, emergency preparedness, and infrastructure protection.
  • Creates of the National Office for Combating Terrorism within the White House.
  • Requires the new department to consult with the Defense Department about training emergency crews for possible attacks.
  • Requires that every state much have at least one liaison officer for the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate efforts between federal, state and local officials.
  • Authorizes airline pilots to carry handguns and use force if necessary and provides training for them.
  • Splits Immigration and Naturalization Service between immigration enforcement and naturalization services.
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (295-132) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishing the Department of Homeland Security

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would create a Homeland Security Department with cabinet-level status for the purpose of protecting United States security.

Highlights:
  • Consolidates 22 independent agencies into the new department, including Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, Coast Guard, Customs Service and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • Requires the Department to be responsible for border security, immigration affairs, intelligence, science and technology, emergency preparedness, and infrastructure protection.
  • Creates of the National Office for Combating Terrorism within the White House.
  • Requires the new department to consult with the Defense Department about training emergency crews for possible attacks.
  • Requires that every state much have at least one liaison officer for the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate efforts between federal, state and local officials.
  • Authorizes airline pilots to carry handguns and use force if necessary and provides training for them.
  • Splits Immigration and Naturalization Service between immigration enforcement and naturalization services.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Establishing the Department of Homeland Security

Sponsors

  • Richard K. 'Dick' Armey (TX - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • W. Todd Akin (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Cass Ballenger (NC - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert Laurence 'Bob' Barr Jr. (GA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles F. 'Charlie' Bass (NH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Douglas K. 'Doug' Bereuter (NE - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Roy Blunt (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Sherwood L. 'Sherry' Boehlert (NY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Henry Bonilla (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mary Whitaker Bono Mack (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Henry E. Brown Jr. (SC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Dan L. Burton (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Stephen E. 'Steve' Buyer (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael N. 'Mike' Castle (DE - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Clarence Saxby Chambliss (GA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • John C. Cooksey (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher Cox (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Barbara L. Cubin (WY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jo Ann S. Davis (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas M. 'Tom' Davis III (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas Dale 'Tom' DeLay (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James W. 'Jim' DeMint (SC - ) (Out Of Office)
  • David T. Dreier (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jennifer B. Dunn (WA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert L. 'Bob' Ehrlich Jr. (MD - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Philip 'Phil' English (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael 'Mike' Ferguson (NJ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Vito J. Fossella Jr. (NY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John 'Greg' Ganske (IA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • George W. Gekas (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James A. 'Jim' Gibbons (NV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Paul E. Gillmor (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Benjamin A. Gilman (NY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Virgil H. Goode Jr. (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark A. Green (WI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James C. 'Jim' Greenwood (PA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Felix J. Grucci Jr. (NY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • James V. Hansen (UT - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Jane Harman (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Melissa A. Hart (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • J. Dennis 'Denny' Hastert (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert C. 'Robin' Hayes (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John David 'J.D.' Hayworth Jr. (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Joel Hefley (CO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Walter 'Wally' Herger Jr. (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Peter 'Pete' Hoekstra (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Stephen 'Steve' Horn (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Amory 'Amo' Houghton Jr. (NY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Henry J. Hyde (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William Lewis 'Bill' Jenkins (TN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Nancy L. Johnson (CT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ric Keller (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Sue W. Kelly (NY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James T. 'Jim' Kolbe (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ray H. LaHood (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John Linder (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James H. 'Jim' Maloney (CT - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Donald A. 'Don' Manzullo (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James O. 'Jim' McCrery III (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Dan Miller (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Constance A. Morella (MD - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Suellen W. 'Sue' Myrick (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James A. 'Jim' Nussle (IA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas William 'Tom' Osborne (NE - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael G. Oxley (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mike Pence (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles W. 'Chip' Pickering Jr. (MS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert J. 'Rob' Portman (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Deborah D. Pryce (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Adam H. Putnam (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Dennis 'Denny' Rehberg (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Marge S. Roukema (NJ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jim R. Ryun (KS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • H. James 'Jim' Saxton (NJ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Edward L. 'Ed' Schrock (VA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • E. Clay Shaw Jr. (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher H. Shays (CT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Donald L. 'Don' Sherwood (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Joseph R. 'Joe' Skeen (NM - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark Edward Souder (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John E. Sweeney (NY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Tom Gerald Tancredo (CO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William J. 'Billy' Tauzin (LA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • David B. Vitter (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Zach Wamp (TN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Julius Caesar 'J.C.' Watts Jr. (OK - R) (Out Of Office)
  • W. Curtis 'Curt' Weldon (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Gerald C. 'Jerry' Weller (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Roger F. Wicker (MS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Heather A. Wilson (NM - R) (Out Of Office)
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