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Censure Resolution and Roll Call Vote

Associated Press
December 12, 1998

Following is the text of the censure resolution offered by Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee as an alternative to voting out articles of impeachment. It was rejected on a 22-14 vote.

Joint Resolution

That it is the sense of Congress that –

1. on January 20, 1993, William Jefferson Clinton took the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States faithfully to execute the office of President; implicit in that oath is the obligation that the President set an example of high moral standards and conduct himself in a manner that fosters respect for the truth; and William Jefferson Clinton has egregiously failed in this obligation, and through his actions has violated the trust of the American people, lessened their esteem for the office of President, and dishonored the office which they have entrusted to him;

          (A) William Jefferson Clinton made false statements concerning his reprehensible conduct with a subordinate;

          (B) William Jefferson Clinton wrongly took steps to delay discovery of the truth; and

          (C) in as much as no person is above the law, William Jefferson Clinton remains subject to criminal and civil penalties; and

3. William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States, by his conduct has brought upon himself, and fully deserves, the censure and condemnation of the American people and the Congress; and by his signature on this Joint Resolution, acknowledges this censure and condemnation.

The censure resolution was rejected on a 22-16 vote.

Voting Aye

John Conyers (D-Mich.)
Barney Frank (D-Mass.
Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Howard Berman (D-Calif.)
Rick Boucher (D-Va.)
Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
Mel Watt (D-N.C.)
Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.)
Martin Meehan (D-Mass.)
William Delahunt (D-Mass.)
Robert Wexler (D-Fla.)
Steven Rothman (D-N.J.)
Thomas Barrett (D-Wis.)

Voting Present

Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

Voting Nay

Henry Hyde (R-Ill.)
James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.)
Bill McCollum (R-Fla.)
George Gekas (R-Pa.)
Howard Coble (R-N.C.)
Lamar Smith (R-Tex.)
Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.)
Charles Canady (R-Fla.)
Bob Inglis (R-S.C.)
Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
Steve Buyer (R-Ind.)
Ed Bryant (R-Tenn.)
Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)
Bob Barr (R-Ga.)
William Jenkins (R-Tenn.)
Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.)
Edward Pease (R-Ind.)
Christopher Cannon (R-Utah)
James Rogan (R-Calif.)
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
Mary Bono (R-Calif.)
Bobby Scott (D-Va.)

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