The House today voted down (182-238) the bipartisan Smith-Amash-Berman-Garmamendi-Duncan-Johnson-Gosar-Hirono-Paul-Jackson Lee-Tipton-Labrador Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA).
The amendment sought to uphold the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of due process. It ensured that no person in the U.S. could be held indefinitely without due process and that no civilian in the U.S. could be held in military custody or tried in military tribunals.
Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (HI-02) released the following statement on the vote:
"Responding to terrorism and the threat of terrorism, especially on American soil, remains a high priority. Strengthening our national security should not mean compromising our rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
"The guarantee of due process is one of the most fundamental rights in our country. Current law allowing the indefinite detention of an individual in America without charge or trial or requiring military custody is unacceptable. This is not due process. The amendment addressed these major constitutional problems.
"While I am disappointed in the result of today's vote, I will continue fighting to ensure that the civil liberties and due process guarantees in our Constitution are upheld. We must remain faithful to our nation's firmly established rule of law."