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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-H3051 on Sep 23, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act
Source: H.R.3051
Congressional Summary:
  • Repeals death penalty provisions for a wide range of homicide-related offenses, including offenses punished under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
  • Prohibits the sentencing to death or execution of any person for any violation of federal law after the enactment of this Act.
  • Commutes death penalties imposed prior to the enactment of this Act to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

OnTheIssues Notes: This bill affects only the FEDERAL death penalty, not STATE death penalties. The death penalty is currently implemented in 34 states. It was re-legalized by a Supreme Court decision in 1977, for both state and federal executions. Since then, 1,278 people have been executed, but only 3 of those have been federal executions. About 3,250 inmates remain on 'Death Row,' and 61 for federal death row. Texas is by far the national leader in executions--it has executed 477 people as of Jan. 2012, 37% of the national total. (Virginia is a very distant second with 109). In other words, this bill is largely symbolic, unless states followed the federal abolition.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Question 9: Stricter punishment reduces crime Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Crime
  • Headline: Sponsored abolishing the federal death penalty (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Abolish the federal death penalty (Score: -2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 11-H3051

Emmanuel Cleaver s2oMissouri Democrat 
John Conyers s2oMichigan Democrat 
Donna Edwards s2oMaryland Democrat 
Keith Ellison s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s2oIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
Hank Johnson s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Dennis Kucinich s1pOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Barbara Lee s2oCalifornia Democrat 
John Lewis s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Gregory Meeks s2oNew York Dem./Working-Families 
Gwen Moore s2oWisconsin Democrat 
Jose Serrano s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Pete Stark s2oCalifornia Democrat 



Republicans participating in 11-H3051



Independents participating in 11-H3051



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 13
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0


















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