Cloture Not Invoked
June 11, 2002(Key vote)
Title: Hate Crimes Bill
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would allow the Federal government to assist State and local government when prosecuting hate crimes.
Authorizes federal government to assist in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.
Adds of sexual orientation, gender and disability to list of categories covered by federal hate crimes.
Provides $10 million to Justice Department through 2003 for grants to state and local governments to investigate and prosecute hate crimes.
NOTE: INVOKING CLOTURE REQUIRES A 3/5 MAJORITY OF THE SENATE. IT IS NOT A VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT LIMITS FURTHER DEBATE TO 30 HOURS. CLOTURE IS TYPICALLY USED TO END A FILIBUSTER. A FAILED CLOTURE VOTE OFTEN PREVENTS THE LEGISLATION FROM EVER COMING TO A VOTE.