Barring Federal Court Prosecutions of Alleged 9/11 Cases

Senate Roll Call No. 338
111th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 54-45 (see complete tally)
On November 5, 2009, the Senate voted to table, thus defeating, an amendment offered by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to the FY 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2847) by a vote of 54-45. The Graham Amendment would have prohibited the Department of Justice from using funds under the legislation for the prosecution in regular Article III federal courts of any alleged planners or conspirators in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The ACLU opposed the Graham Amendment because it would have forced the government to only use the fatally flawed military commissions for detainees' trials. Additionally, the amendment would have needlessly tied the President's hands in resolving the problem of Guantanamo and disposing of cases in ways that comport with human rights principles and the rule of law.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 338
Votes For : 54
Votes Against : 45
Not Voting : 1