LoBiondo Votes to Protect Old Glory, Ban Burning the American Flag
June 22, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Criminal penalties will await those who desecrate the American flag under legislation approved today by the House of Representatives, according to Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02). The House passed the legislation by a vote of 286-130.
"Countless men and women served this great country in times of war to protect this symbol of democracy," said Rep. LoBiondo. "I've heard from many veterans in the region, and they emphasized how important it is to them to protect the American flag. The overwhelming support for this bill shows that this is a sentiment shared across the nation."
H.J. Res. 10-which Rep. LoBiondo is an original cosponsor of-proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting any physical desecration of the flag. The bill must to be approved by a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate, and approved by two-thirds of the states in order to become an amendment to the Constitution.
"We need to protect the American flag as a living symbol of our freedom," said Bob Boon, the Veterans Service Officer for Salem County. "Millions of veterans fought to protect us and preserve that very freedom, and this is the least we can do to honor them."
"Amending the Constitution to protect Old Glory is the right way to honor our veterans and all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to country," added Rep. LoBiondo. "This legislation will help protect a national symbol that means so much to so many."