By Rev. Ted Pike
The office of Rep. John Conyers, primary sponsor of the federal hate crimes bill HR 1913, says the bill "could be voted on Tuesday," April 28, on the floor of the House. The rules committee will discuss the bill at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Usually, a full floor vote follows the next day; but, with the prediction of Conyers' office in mind and with cooperation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, HR 1913 could even be put to a vote by late afternoon Tuesday.
Considering the number of amendments to the bill by House Republicans in Judiciary last week, all voted down by Democrats, Conyers' office also says it is probable no amendments will be entertained on the floor of the House. This would eliminate Rep. King's amendment requiring a clear statement in the bill that homosexual pedophiles not be specially protected.
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