Evolution of a Crime Bill

How major legislation addressing the nation's No. 1 concern ran the congressional gauntlet -- and how your Representative and Senators voted:


APRIL 21 -- The omnibus crime bill, HR4092, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 285 to 141. In addition to $28 billion in spending for programs such as police hiring and training, prison construction and crime prevention, the bill contained provisions for an expansion of the death penalty to cover dozens of federal crimes, a Racial Justice Act that would allow defendants to use racial statistics to challenge death sentences as discriminatory, and a ban on the sale or transfer of handguns to juveniles without parental consent. On May 5 the House separately approved a ban...

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