Smith Amendment No. 13 to the NDAA
On Agreeing to the Amendment
House Roll Call No. 228
113rd Congress, 1st Session

Failed: 200-226 (see complete tally)

On June 14, 2013, the House failed to adopt Amendment 13 of H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act, by a vote of 200-226.  The ACLU supported Amendment 73, introduced by Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) and Chris Gibson (R-NY).  The Smith-Gibson amendment would have amended Section 1021 of the FY12 NDAA to eliminate indefinite detention of any persons in the United States, pursuant to the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), by guaranteeing immediate trial in Article III or state courts.  The amendment also would strike Section 1022 of the FY12 NDAA, which requires the military to put some suspects in military detention.  The ACLU supported adoption of this amendment, which would have reinforced our constitutional rights of due process and guarantees that no president will ever attempt to detain individuals in the United States indefinitely without charge or trial, or use military commissions in the United States. 

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 228
Votes For : 200
Votes Against : 226
Not Voting : 8