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Veterans’ Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals, and Other Public Expressions of Religion Protection Act of 2006 (HR 2679) Overview


I. Summary
II. Vote Summary
III. Geographic Chart of Votes
IV. Vote Totals by Representatives
V. Related Links


I. Summary

Rep. John Hostettler, Republican from Indiana, introduced the House Bill HR 2679 known as the Veterans’ Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals, and Other Public Expressions of Religion Protection Act of 2006 on May 26, 2005. It’s text states it would “amend the Revised Statutes of the United States to prevent the use of the legal system in a manner that extorts money from State and local governments, and the Federal Government, and inhibits such governments’ constitutional actions under the first, tenth, and fourteenth amendments.” On Sept. 26, 2006 the bill passed the House of Representatives by roll call vote.

Veterans’ Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals, and Other Public Expressions of Religion Protection Act of 2006 stated, “(a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a court shall not award reasonable fees and expenses of attorneys to the prevailing party on a claim of injury consisting of the violation of a prohibition in the Constitution against the establishment of religion brought against the United States or any agency or any official of the United States acting in his or her official capacity in any court having jurisdiction over such claim, and the remedies with respect to such a claim shall be limited to injunctive and declaratory relief.

(b) Definition- As used in this section, the term `a claim of injury consisting of the violation of a prohibition in the Constitution against the establishment of religion’ includes, but is not limited to, a claim of injury resulting from…

3) the presence of religious words or imagery in the official seal of the United States and in its currency and official Pledge”

See the full text of Veterans’ Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals, and Other Public Expressions of Religion Protection Act of 2006 (PDF)


II. Vote Summary

HR 2679 passed the House of Representatives on Sept. 26, 2006 with:   Ayes Nays No Vote
  • 244 Ayes
Democrat 26 166 9
  • 173 Nays
Republican 218 6 6
  • 15 Not Voting
Independent 0 1 0


III. Geographic Chart of Votes


IV. Vote Totals

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
Representative’s Name District Vote
Abercrombie, Neil [D] HI-01 Nay
Ackerman, Gary [D] NY-05 Nay
Aderholt, Robert [R] AL-04 Aye
Akin, W. [R] MO-02 Aye
Alexander, Rodney [R] LA-05 Aye
Allen, Thomas[D] ME-01 Nay
Andrews, Robert [D] NJ-01 Nay
Baca, Joe [D] CA-43 Nay
Bachus, Spencer [R] AL-06 Aye
Baird, Brian [D] WA-03 Nay
Baker, Richard [R] LA-06 Aye
Baldwin, Tammy [D] WI-02 Nay
Barrett, James [R] SC-03 Aye
Barrow, John [D] GA-12 Aye
Bartlett, Roscoe [R] MD-06 Aye
Barton, Joe [R] TX-06 Aye
Bass, Charles [R] NH-02 Aye
Bean, Melissa [D] IL-08 Nay
Beauprez, Bob [R] CO-07 Aye
Becerra, Xavier [D] CA-31 Nay
Berkley, Shelley [D] NV-01 Nay
Berman, Howard [D] CA-28 Nay
Berry, Robert [D] AR-01 Aye
Biggert, Judy [R] IL-13 Nay
Bilbray, Brian [R] CA-50 Aye
Bilirakis, Michael [R] FL-09 Aye
Bishop, Rob [R] UT-01 Aye
Bishop, Sanford [D] GA-02 Nay
Bishop, Timothy [D] NY-01 Nay
Blackburn, Marsha [R] TN-07 Aye
Blumenauer, Earl [D] OR-03 Nay
Blunt, Roy [R] MO-07 Aye
Boehlert, Sherwood [R] NY-24 Nay
Boehner, John [R] OH-08 Aye
Bonilla, Henry [R] TX-23 Aye
Bonner, Jo [R] AL-01 Aye
Bono, Mary [R] CA-45 Aye
Boozman, John [R] AR-03 Aye
Boren, Dan [D] OK-02 Aye
Boswell, Leonard [D] IA-03 Nay
Boucher, Frederick [D] VA-09 Nay
Boustany, Charles [R] LA-07 Aye
Boyd, F. [D] FL-02 Aye
Brady, Kevin [R] TX-08 Aye
Brady, Robert [D] PA-01 Nay
Brown, Corrine [D] FL-03 Nay
Brown, Henry [R] SC-01 Aye
Brown, Sherrod [D] OH-13 No Vote
Brown-Waite, Virginia [R] FL-05 Aye
Burgess, Michael [R] TX-26 Aye
Burton, Dan [R] IN-05 Aye
Butterfield, George [D] NC-01 Nay
Buyer, Stephen [R] IN-04 Aye
Calvert, Ken [R] CA-44 Aye
Camp, David [R] MI-04 Aye
Campbell, John [R] CA-48 Aye
Cannon, Christopher [R] UT-03 Aye
Cantor, Eric [R] VA-07 Aye
Capito, Shelley [R] WV-02 Aye
Capps, Lois [D] CA-23 Nay
Capuano, Michael [D] MA-08 Nay
Cardin, Benjamin [D] MD-03 Nay
Cardoza, Dennis [D] CA-18 Aye
Carnahan, Russ [D] MO-03 Nay
Carson, Julia [D] IN-07 Nay
Carter, John [R] TX-31 Aye
Case, Ed [D] HI-02 Nay
Castle, Michael [R] DE-00 No Vote
Chabot, Steven [R] OH-01 Aye
Chandler, Ben [D] KY-06 Nay
Chocola, Chris [R] IN-02 Aye
Clay, William [D] MO-01 Nay
Cleaver, Emanuel [D] MO-05 Nay
Clyburn, James [D] SC-06 Nay
Coble, John [R] NC-06 Aye
Cole, Tom [R] OK-04 Aye
Conaway, K. [R] TX-11 Aye
Conyers, John [D] MI-14 Nay
Cooper, Jim [D] TN-05 Nay
Costa, Jim [D] CA-20 Aye
Costello, Jerry [D] IL-12 Nay
Cramer, Robert [D] AL-05 Aye
Crenshaw, Ander [R] FL-04 Aye
Crowley, Joseph [D] NY-07 Nay
Cubin, Barbara [R] WY-00 Aye
Cuellar, Henry [D] TX-28 Aye
Culberson, John [R] TX-07 Aye
Cummings, Elijah [D] MD-07 Nay
Davis, Artur [D] AL-07 Nay
Davis, Danny [D] IL-07 Nay
Davis, Geoff [R] KY-04 Aye
Davis, James [D] FL-11 No Vote
Davis, Jo Ann [R] VA-01 Aye
Davis, Lincoln [D] TN-04 Aye
Davis, Susan [D] CA-53 Nay
Davis, Thomas [R] VA-11 Aye
Deal, Nathan [R] GA-10 Aye
DeFazio, Peter [D] OR-04 Nay
DeGette, Diana [D] CO-01 Nay
Delahunt, William [D] MA-10 Nay
DeLauro, Rosa [D] CT-03 Nay
Dent, Charles [R] PA-15 Aye
Diaz-Balart, Lincoln [R] FL-21 Aye
Diaz-Balart, Mario [R] FL-25 Aye
Dicks, Norman [D] WA-06 Nay
Dingell, John [D] MI-15 Nay
Doggett, Lloyd [D] TX-25 Nay
Doolittle, John [R] CA-04 Aye
Doyle, Michael [D] PA-14 Nay
Drake, Thelma [R] VA-02 Aye
Dreier, David [R] CA-26 Aye
Duncan, John [R] TN-02 Aye
Edwards, Thomas [D] TX-17 Nay
Ehlers, Vernon [R] MI-03 Aye
Emanuel, Rahm [D] IL-05 Nay
Emerson, Jo Ann [R] MO-08 Aye
Engel, Eliot [D] NY-17 Nay
English, Philip [R] PA-03 Aye
Eshoo, Anna [D] CA-14 Nay
Etheridge, Bob [D] NC-02 Nay
Evans, Lane [D] IL-17 No Vote
Everett, Terry [R] AL-02 Aye
Farr, Sam [D] CA-17 Nay
Fattah, Chaka [D] PA-02 Nay
Feeney, Tom [R] FL-24 Aye
Ferguson, Michael [R] NJ-07 Aye
Filner, Bob [D] CA-51 Nay
Fitzpatrick, Michael [R] PA-08 Aye
Flake, Jeff [R] AZ-06 Aye
Foley, Mark [R] FL-16 Aye
Forbes, James [R] VA-04 Aye
Ford, Harold [D] TN-09 No Vote
Fortenberry, Jeffrey [R] NE-01 Aye
Fossella, Vito [R] NY-13 Aye
Foxx, Virginia [R] NC-05 Aye
Frank, Barney [D] MA-04 Nay
Franks, Trent [R] AZ-02 Aye
Frelinghuysen, Rodney [R] NJ-11 Aye
Gallegly, Elton [R] CA-24 Aye
Garrett, E. [R] NJ-05 Aye
Gerlach, Jim [R] PA-06 Aye
Gibbons, James [R] NV-02 Aye
Gilchrest, Wayne [R] MD-01 Nay
Gillmor, Paul [R] OH-05 Aye
Gingrey, John [R] GA-11 Aye
Gohmert, Louis [R] TX-01 Aye
Gonzalez, Charles [D] TX-20 Nay
Goode, Virgil [R] VA-05 Aye
Goodlatte, Robert [R] VA-06 Aye
Gordon, Barton [D] TN-06 Aye
Granger, Kay [R] TX-12 Aye
Graves, Samuel [R] MO-06 Aye
Green, Al [D] TX-09 Nay
Green, Mark [R] WI-08 No Vote
Green, Raymond [D] TX-29 Nay
Grijalva, Raul [D] AZ-07 Nay
Gutierrez, Luis [D] IL-04 Nay
Gutknecht, Gilbert [R] MN-01 Aye
Hall, Ralph [R] TX-04 Aye
Harman, Jane [D] CA-36 Nay
Harris, Katherine [R] FL-13 Aye
Hart, Melissa [R] PA-04 Aye
Hastings, Alcee [D] FL-23 Nay
Hastings, Doc [R] WA-04 Aye
Hayes, Robert [R] NC-08 Aye
Hayworth, John [R] AZ-05 Aye
Hefley, Joel [R] CO-05 Aye
Hensarling, Jeb [R] TX-05 Aye
Herger, Walter [R] CA-02 Aye
Herseth, Stephanie [D] SD-0 Aye
Higgins, Brian [D] NY-27 Nay
Hinchey, Maurice [D] NY-22 Nay
Hinojosa, Ruben [D] TX-15 Aye
Hobson, David [R] OH-07 Aye
Hoekstra, Peter [R] MI-02 Aye
Holden, Tim [D] PA-17 Nay
Holt, Rush [D] NJ-12 Nay
Honda, Michael [D] CA-15 Nay
Hooley, Darlene [D] OR-05 Nay
Hostettler, John [R] IN-08 Aye
Hoyer, Steny [D] MD-05 Nay
Hulshof, Kenny [R] MO-09 Aye
Hunter, Duncan [R] CA-52 Aye
Hyde, Henry [R] IL-06 Aye
Inglis, Bob [R] SC-04 Aye
Inslee, Jay [D] WA-01 Nay
Israel, Steve [D] NY-02 Nay
Issa, Darrell [R] CA-49 Aye
Istook, Ernest [R] OK-05 No Vote
Jackson, Jesse [D] IL-02 Nay
Jackson-Lee, Sheila [D] TX-18 Nay
Jefferson, William [D] LA-02 No Vote
Jenkins, William [R] TN-01 Aye
Jindal, Bobby [R] LA-01 Aye
Johnson, Eddie [D] TX-30 Nay
Johnson, Nancy [R] CT-05 Aye
Johnson, Samuel [R] TX-03 Aye
Johnson, Timothy [R] IL-15 Aye
Jones, Stephanie [D] OH-11 Nay
Jones, Walter [R] NC-03 Aye
Kanjorski, Paul [D] PA-11 Nay
Kaptur, Marcy [D] OH-09 Nay
Keller, Ric [R] FL-08 Aye
Kelly, Sue [R] NY-19 Aye
Kennedy, Mark [R] MN-06 Aye
Kennedy, Patrick [D] RI-01 Nay
Kildee, Dale [D] MI-05 Nay
Kilpatrick, Carolyn [D] MI-13 Nay
Kind, Ronald [D] WI-03 Nay
King, Peter [R] NY-03 Aye
King, Steve [R] IA-05 Aye
Kingston, Jack [R] GA-01 Aye
Kirk, Mark [R] IL-10 Nay
Kline, John [R] MN-02 Aye
Knollenberg, Joseph [R] MI-09 Aye
Kolbe, James [R] AZ-08 Aye
Kucinich, Dennis [D] OH-10 Nay
Kuhl, John [R] NY-29 Aye
Representative’s Name District Vote
LaHood, Ray [R] IL-18 Aye
Langevin, James [D] RI-02 Nay
Lantos, Tom [D] CA-12 Nay
Larsen, Rick [D] WA-02 Nay
Larson, John [D] CT-01 Nay
Latham, Thomas [R] IA-04 Aye
LaTourette, Steven [R] OH-14 Aye
Leach, James [R] IA-02 Aye
Lee, Barbara [D] CA-09 Nay
Levin, Sander [D] MI-12 Nay
Lewis, Jerry [R] CA-41 Aye
Lewis, John [D] GA-05 No Vote
Lewis, Ron [R] KY-02 Aye
Linder, John [R] GA-07 Aye
Lipinski, Daniel [D] IL-03 Aye
LoBiondo, Frank [R] NJ-02 Aye
Lofgren, Zoe [D] CA-16 Nay
Lowey, Nita [D] NY-18 Nay
Lucas, Frank [R] OK-03 Aye
Lungren, Daniel [R] CA-03 Aye
Lynch, Stephen [D] MA-09 Nay
Mack, Connie [R] FL-14 Aye
Maloney, Carolyn [D] NY-14 Nay
Manzullo, Donald [R] IL-16 Aye
Marchant, Kenny [R] TX-24 Aye
Markey, Edward [D] MA-07 Nay
Marshall, James [D] GA-03 Aye
Matheson, Jim [D] UT-02 Aye
Matsui, Doris [D] CA-05 Nay
McCarthy, Carolyn [D] NY-04 Nay
McCaul, Michael [R] TX-10 Aye
McCollum, Betty [D] MN-04 Nay
McCotter, Thaddeus [R] MI-11 Aye
McCrery, James [R] LA-04 Aye
McDermott, James [D] WA-07 Nay
McGovern, James [D] MA-03 Nay
McHenry, Patrick [R] NC-10 Aye
McHugh, John [R] NY-23 Aye
McIntyre, Mike [D] NC-07 Aye
McKeon, Howard [R] CA-25 Aye
McKinney, Cynthia [D] GA-04 Nay
Mcmorris, Cathy [R] WA-05 Aye
McNulty, Michael [D] NY-21 Nay
Meehan, Martin [D] MA-05 No Vote
Meek, Kendrick [D] FL-17 Nay
Meeks, Gregory [D] NY-06 Nay
Melancon, Charles [D] LA-03 Aye
Mica, John [R] FL-07 Aye
Michaud, Michael [D] ME-02 Nay
Millender-McDonald, Juanita [D] CA-37 No Vote
Miller, Candice [R] MI-10 Nay
Miller, Gary [R] CA-42 Aye
Miller, George [D] CA-07 Nay
Miller, Jeff [R] FL-01 Aye
Miller, R. [D] NC-13 Nay
Mollohan, Alan [D] WV-01 Nay
Moore, Dennis [D] KS-03 Nay
Moore, Gwen [D] WI-04 Nay
Moran, James [D] VA-08 Nay
Moran, Jerry [R] KS-01 Aye
Murphy, Tim [R] PA-18 Aye
Murtha, John [D] PA-12 Nay
Musgrave, Marilyn [R] CO-04 Aye
Myrick, Sue [R] NC-09 Aye
Nadler, Jerrold [D] NY-08 Nay
Napolitano, Grace [D] CA-38 Nay
Neal, Richard [D] MA-02 Nay
Neugebauer, Randy [R] TX-19 Aye
Ney, Robert [R] OH-18 No Vote
Northup, Anne [R] KY-03 Aye
Norwood, Charles [R] GA-09 Aye
Nunes, Devin [R] CA-21 Aye
Nussle, James [R] IA-01 No Vote
Oberstar, James [D] MN-08 Nay
Obey, David [D] WI-07 Nay
Olver, John [D] MA-01 Nay
Ortiz, Solomon [D] TX-27 Aye
Osborne, Thomas [R] NE-03 Aye
Otter, C.L. [R] ID-01 Aye
Owens, Major [D] NY-11 Nay
Oxley, Michael [R] OH-04 Aye
Pallone, Frank [D] NJ-06 Nay
Pascrell, William [D] NJ-08 Nay
Pastor, Edward [D] AZ-04 Nay
Paul, Ronald [R] TX-14 Aye
Payne, Donald [D] NJ-10 Nay
Pearce, Steven [R] NM-02 Aye
Pelosi, Nancy [D] CA-08 Nay
Pence, Mike [R] IN-06 Aye
Peterson, Collin [D] MN-07 Aye
Peterson, John [R] PA-05 Aye
Petri, Thomas [R] WI-06 Aye
Pickering, Charles [R] MS-03 Aye
Pitts, Joseph [R] PA-16 Aye
Platts, Todd [R] PA-19 Aye
Poe, Ted [R] TX-02 Aye
Pombo, Richard [R] CA-11 No Vote
Pomeroy, Earl [D] ND-00 Nay
Porter, Jon [R] NV-03 Aye
Price, David [D] NC-04 Nay
Price, Tom [R] GA-06 Aye
Pryce, Deborah [R] OH-15 Aye
Putnam, Adam [R] FL-12 Aye
Radanovich, George [R] CA-19 Aye
Rahall, Nick [D] WV-03 Aye
Ramstad, James [R] MN-03 Aye
Rangel, Charles [D] NY-15 Nay
Regula, Ralph [R] OH-16 Aye
Rehberg, Dennis [R] MT-00 Aye
Reichert, Dave [R] WA-08 Aye
Renzi, Rick [R] AZ-01 Aye
Reyes, Silvestre [D] TX-16 Nay
Reynolds, Thomas [R] NY-26 Aye
Rogers, Harold [R] KY-05 Aye
Rogers, Michael [R] AL-03 Aye
Rogers, Michael [R] MI-8 Aye
Rohrabacher, Dana [R] CA-46 Aye
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R] FL-18 Aye
Ross, Mike [D] AR-04 Aye
Rothman, Steven [D] NJ-09 Nay
Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D] CA-34 Nay
Royce, Edward [R] CA-40 Aye
Ruppersberger, C.A. [D] MD-02 Nay
Rush, Bobby [D] IL-01 Nay
Ryan, Paul [R] WI-01 Aye
Ryan, Timothy [D] OH-17 Nay
Ryun, Jim [R] KS-02 Aye
Sabo, Martin [D] MN-05 Nay
Salazar, John [D] CO-03 Aye
Sanchez, Linda [D] CA-39 Nay
Sanchez, Loretta [D] CA-47 Nay
Sanders, Bernard [I] VT-00 Nay
Saxton, H. [R] NJ-03 Aye
Schakowsky, Janice [D] IL-09 Nay
Schiff, Adam [D] CA-29 Nay
Schmidt, Jean [R] OH-02 Aye
Schwartz, Allyson [D] PA-13 Nay
Schwarz, John [R] MI-07 Aye
Scott, David [D] GA-13 Aye
Scott, Robert [D] VA-03 Nay
Sensenbrenner, F. [R] WI-05 Aye
Serrano, José [D] NY-16 Nay
Sessions, Peter [R] TX-32 Aye
Shadegg, John [R] AZ-03 Aye
Shaw, E. [R] FL-22 Aye
Shays, Christopher [R] CT-04 Nay
Sherman, Brad [D] CA-27 Nay
Sherwood, Donald [R] PA-10 Aye
Shimkus, John [R] IL-19 Aye
Shuster, William [R] PA-09 Aye
Simmons, Robert [R] CT-02 Aye
Simpson, Michael [R] ID-02 Aye
Skelton, Ike [D] MO-04 Aye
Slaughter, Louise [D] NY-28 Nay
Smith, Adam [D] WA-09 Nay
Smith, Christopher [R] NJ-04 Aye
Smith, Lamar [R] TX-21 Aye
Snyder, Victor [D] AR-02 Nay
Sodrel, Michael [R] IN-09 Aye
Solis, Hilda [D] CA-32 Nay
Souder, Mark [R] IN-03 Aye
Spratt, John [D] SC-05 Aye
Stark, Fortney [D] CA-13 Nay
Stearns, Clifford [R] FL-06 Aye
Strickland, Ted [D] OH-06 No Vote
Stupak, Bart [D] MI-01 Nay
Sullivan, John [R] OK-01 Aye
Sweeney, John [R] NY-20 Aye
Tancredo, Thomas [R] CO-06 Aye
Tanner, John [D] TN-08 Nay
Tauscher, Ellen [D] CA-10 Nay
Taylor, Charles [R] NC-11 Aye
Taylor, Gene [D] MS-04 Aye
Terry, Lee [R] NE-02 Aye
Thomas, William [R] CA-22 Aye
Thompson, Bennie [D] MS-02 Nay
Thompson, C. [D] CA-01 Nay
Thornberry, William [R] TX-13 Aye
Tiahrt, Todd [R] KS-04 Aye
Tiberi, Patrick [R] OH-12 Aye
Tierney, John [D] MA-06 Nay
Towns, Edolphus [D] NY-10 Nay
Turner, Michael [R] OH-03 Aye
Udall, Mark [D] CO-02 Nay
Udall, Tom [D] NM-03 Nay
Upton, Frederick [R] MI-06 Aye
Van Hollen, Christopher [D] MD-08 Nay
Velazquez, Nydia [D] NY-12 Nay
Visclosky, Peter [D] IN-01 Nay
Walden, Greg [R] OR-02 Aye
Walsh, James [R] NY-25 Aye
Wamp, Zach [R] TN-03 Aye
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D] FL-20 Nay
Waters, Maxine [D] CA-35 Nay
Watson, Diane [D] CA-33 Nay
Watt, Melvin [D] NC-12 Nay
Waxman, Henry [D] CA-30 Nay
Weiner, Anthony [D] NY-09 Nay
Weldon, David [R] FL-15 Aye
Weldon, W. [R] PA-07 Aye
Weller, Gerald [R] IL-11 Aye
Westmoreland, Lynn [R] GA-08 Aye
Wexler, Robert [D] FL-19 Nay
Whitfield, Edward [R] KY-01 Aye
Wicker, Roger [R] MS-01 Aye
Wilson, Addison [R] SC-02 Aye
Wilson, Heather [R] NM-01 Aye
Wolf, Frank [R] VA-10 Aye
Woolsey, Lynn [D] CA-06 Nay
Wu, David [D] OR-01 Nay
Wynn, Albert [D] MD-04 Nay
Young, C. W. [R] FL-10 Aye
Young, Donald [R] AK-00 Aye


V. Related Links

1. See the full text of HR 2679. (PDF)

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

3. Pledge of Allegiance History 1887-Today