Last updated on: 3/6/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Pledge Protection Act 2002 (H.R. 5064) Overview

 

I. Summary
II. Co-Sponsors
III. Related Links

 

I. Summary

Rep. Todd Akin, Republican from Missouri, introduced House Bill 5064 more commonly known as the Pledge Protection Act of 2002 on July 8, 2002. It would amend title 28 of the United States Code, with respect to the jurisdiction of Federal courts inferior to the Supreme Court over certain cases and controversies involving the Pledge of Allegiance. It was then submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary. On July 18, 2002 it was referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

The Pledge Protection Act of 2002 stated, “No court established by Act of Congress shall have jurisdiction to hear or determine any claim that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, as set forth in section 4 of title 4, violates the first article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

See the full text of the Pledge Protection Act 2002 (PDF)

 

II. Co-Sponsors

Representative’s Name State Party Date of Co-Sponsorship
Robert Aderholt AL Republican Sept. 4, 2002
Roscoe Bartlett MD Republican July 11, 2002
Roy Blunt MO Republican July 15, 2002
John Boehner OH Republican July 16, 2002
Henry Bonilla TX Republican July 16, 2002
Henry Brown SC Republican July 16, 2002
Ed Bryant TN Republican July 24, 2002
David Camp MI Republican July 24, 2002
Eric Cantor VA Republican July 17, 2002
Randall Cunningham CA Republican July 11, 2002
Jo Ann Davis VA Republican July 26, 2002
Thomas DeLay TX Republican July 15, 2002
Jim DeMint SC Republican July 11, 2002
John Doolittle CA Republican July 11, 2002
Jo Ann Emerson MO Republican July 17, 2002
Jeff Flake AZ Republican July 11, 2002
James Forbes VA Republican July 17, 2002
George Gekas PA Republican July 23, 2002
Virgil Goode VA Independent July 11, 2002
Samuel Graves MO Republican July 17, 2002
Melissa Hart PA Republican July 16, 2002
Robert Hayes NC Republican July 17, 2002
John Hayworth AZ Republican July 11, 2002
Walter Herger CA Republican July 17, 2002
Peter Hoekstra MI Republican July 17, 2002
John Hostettler IN Republican July 16, 2002
Duncan Hunter CA Republican July 16, 2002
Samuel Johnson TX Republican July 11, 2002
Brian Kerns IN Republican July 16, 2002
Jack Kingston GA Republican Sept. 9, 2002
Ray LaHood IL Republican Sept. 13, 2002
Ron Lewis KY Republican Sept. 4, 2002
Kenneth Lucas KY Democrat July 16, 2002
Representative’s Name State Party Date of Co-Sponsorship
Donald Manzullo IL Republican July 11, 2002
John McHugh NY Republican July 23, 2002
Jeff Miller FL Republican July 17, 2002
Sue Myrick NC Republican July 11, 2002
C.L. Otter ID Republican July 16, 2002
Mike Pence IN Republican July 15, 2002
David Phelps IL Democrat July 23, 2002
Joseph Pitts PA Republican July 11, 2002
Todd Platts PA Republican July 23, 2002
Richard Pombo CA Republican July 17, 2002
Deborah Pryce OH Republican July 15, 2002
Thomas Reynolds NY Republican July 16, 2002
Bob Riley AL Republican July 18, 2002
Dana Rohrabacher CA Republican July 16, 2002
Jim Ryun KS Republican July 15, 2002
Bob Schaffer CO Republican July 11, 2002
Edward Schrock VA Republican Sept. 10, 2002
Peter Sessions TX Republican July 26, 2002
John Shadegg AZ Republican July 11, 2002
John Shimkus IL Republican July 16, 2002
Ronnie Shows MS Democrat Sept. 9, 2002
Christopher Smith NJ Republican July 16, 2002
Nick Smith MI Republican July 11, 2002
Mark Souder IN Republican July 15, 2002
John Sullivan OK Republican July 11, 2002
Thomas Tancredo CO Republican July 16, 2002
Charles Taylor NC Republican July 17, 2002
Todd Tiahrt KS Republican July 24, 2002
Patrick Tiberi OH Republican July 11, 2002
Patrick Toomey PA Republican July 11, 2002
Zach Wamp TN Republican July 16, 2002
David Weldon FL Republican Sept. 9, 2002
Addison Wilson SC Republican July 11, 2002

 

III. Related Links

1. Read the full text of Pledge Protection Act 2002 (PDF)

2. See similar legislation introduced by Rep. Todd Akin (Pledge Protection Act 2005) in the 109th session and (Pledge Protection Act 2004) in the 108th session of Congress.

3. Research the Congressional Actions on the Pledge of Allegiance.

4. Pledge of Allegiance History 1887-Today