The Week August 7-13


Crime Bill Is Shot Down

It was a stunning defeat for the Clinton Administration and Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives: the lower chamber refused to consider, by a vote of 225 to 210, the compromise $33.3 billion crime bill its negotiators had painstakingly worked out with the Senate last month. The bill -- which would have authorized money for more police and prisons, banned certain assault-style weapons and enacted a federal "three-strikes-you're-out" sentencing provision -- was defeated on a procedural vote by an unusual coalition of N.R.A.-backed gun-control opponents, Republicans who said the measure contained too much social...

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