Rep. James Sensenbrenner, Republican from Wisconsin, introduced House Resolution 459. This resolution expressed the sense of the House of Representatives that Newdow v. U.S. Congress was erroneously decided, and for other purposes on June 26, 2002. On June 27, 2002 the bill passed the House of Representatives by roll call vote. The vote was held under a suspension of the rules to cut debate short and pass the bill, needing a two-thirds majority.
House Resolution 459 resolved by the House of Representatives, "That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that--
(1) the Pledge of Allegiance, including the phrase `One Nation, under God,' reflects the historical fact that a belief in God permeated the founding and development of our Nation;
(2) the Ninth Circuit's ruling is inconsistent with the United States Supreme Court's First Amendment jurisprudence that the Pledge of Allegiance and similar expressions are not unconstitutional expressions of religious belief;
(3) the phrase `One Nation, under God,' should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance; and
(4) the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals should agree to rehear this ruling en banc in order to reverse this constitutionally infirm and historically incorrect ruling."