Child Custody Protection Act -- Cloture Vote

Senate Roll Call No. 282
105th Congress, 2nd Session

Rejected: 54-45 (see complete tally)
The Child Custody Protection Act would make it a federal crime to transport a minor across a state line for an abortion, if this circumvents a home-state law requiring parental or judicial involvement in the minor's abortion decision. This bill would curb evasion of the parental involvement laws of more than 20 states. The House of Representatives passed its version of this bill (H.R. 3682) on July 15, 1998. But when pro-life Senator Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Ms.) attempted to move the version approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee (S. 1645) to the floor, senior Democrats, led by Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), obstructed the bill by insisting on the right to offer controversial non-germane "killer" amendments on such unrelated issues as gun control and health maintenance organizations -- a tactic sometimes used in the Senate to obstruct legislation. In an attempt to overcome this obstructionism, Lott and chief bill sponsor Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mi.) attempted to "invoke cloture." If successful, this motion -- which requires the support of 60 of the 100 senators -- would have eliminated unrelated amendments, while allowing limited debate and votes on germane amendments. In a Sept. 21, 1998 letter to the Senate, NRLC noted, "A vote against cloture amounts to a vote to kill the bill, and will be so reported in NRLC's scorecard of key right-to-life votes of the 105th Congress." On Sept. 22, 1998, 54 senators voted to invoke cloture (45 voted not to) -- six votes short of the 60 needed to invoke cloture. This effectively killed the bill for the congress. Vote No. 282.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 282
Votes For : 54
Votes Against : 45
Not Voting : 1

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