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July Capitol Hill Watch Alert

House Joint Resolution 36 - Flag Protection Constitutional Amendment

(To view this resolution, visit http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c107:hjres36:)

Resolution Summary:

A vote by the House of Representatives on the Flag Protection Constitutional Amendment could come as early as Tuesday, July 17, 2001. The resolution calls for an amendment to the Constitution which states that "the Congress shall have the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." The measure defines neither "desecration" nor "flag" and does not itself prohibit any action. Instead, without fear of such laws being ruled unconstitutional, it enables Congress to enact flag-protection legislation.

On June 24, 1999, in the 106th Congress, the House of Representatives approved an identical resolution (H.J. Res. 33) by a vote of 305-124 (Roll Call Number 252). However, the measure was not acted upon by the Senate.

For more information about the importance of protecting the American flag, click here.

What Can You Do?

Encourage your representative to support the Flag Protection Constitutional Amendment (H.J. Res. 36)

Contact Information:

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (last name):

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