Cornyn watchlist amendment to H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for FY 2017)
On the Cloture Motion
Senate Roll Call No. 105
114th Congress, 2nd Session

Rejected: 53-47 (see complete tally)

On June 20, 2016, the Senate failed to invoke cloture  by a 53-47 vote (60 votes required) on an amendment from Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to add a harmful watchlist provision to H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill for FY 2017. The Cornyn Amendment proposed to establish the error-prone and unfair watchlist system as the basis for the government to seek a court order denying a gun permit. The ACLU opposed this amendment because the watchlist system is rife with due process and discrimination concerns. It uses vague, overbroad criteria and secret evidence for placement on the lists and lacks a meaningful redress process. Additionally, available evidence raises serious concerns that the government applies the watchlists in an arbitrary or discriminatory fashion, particularly against American Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities. 

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 105
Votes For : 53
Votes Against : 47