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Feingold Flashback: Happy Flag Day…

In this Feingold Flashback, we highlight Feingold's radical position on flag burning, ironic, considering Flag Day originated in Russ Feingold's home state of Wisconsin.

In June 2006, Feingold Voted Against A Constitutional Amendment Granting Congress The Power To Prohibit The Physical Desecration Of The American Flag. “Passage of the joint resolution to propose a constitutional amendment that would grant Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the U.S. flag.” (S. J. Res. 12, CQ Vote #189: Rejected 66-34: R 52-3; D 14-30; I 0-1, 6/27/06, Feingold Voted Nay)

Feingold Also Voted Against The Democratic Alternative Which Would Have Made Desecration Of The American Flag A Crime Without A Constitutional Amendment. “Durbin, D-Ill., substitute amendment no. 4543 that would establish statutory criminal penalties for desecration of the U.S. flag rather than through a constitutional amendment. It would make desecration of the U.S. flag a crime, including destroying or damaging a U.S. flag for the primary purpose of inciting violence or burning a U.S. flag to intentionally threaten or intimidate others. The amendment also would make it a criminal misdemeanor for individuals to protest at the funeral locations of deceased military veterans. The ban would apply to private locations and houses of worship as well as to federal cemetaries.” (S. J. Res. 12, CQ Vote #188: Rejected 36-64: R 3-52; D 32-12; I 1-0, 6/27/06, Feingold Voted Nay)

  • Herb Kohl, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, And Chuck Schumer All Voted For The Alternative Measure. (S. J. Res. 12, CQ Vote #188: Rejected 36-64: R 3-52; D 32-12; I 1-0, 6/27/06, Kohl, Obama, Clinton, Reid, Schumer Voted Yea)