McCain Amendment No. 1977

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Defense Appropriations Act of 2006; Amendment 1977

From the 2005 Congressional Record; October 5, 2005, Page S11061


Amendment 1977 Cosponsors

The amendment text

(Purpose: Relating to persons under the detention, custody, or control of the United States Government)

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR THE INTERROGATION OF PERSONS UNDER THE DETENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.
(a) In General.--No person in the custody or under the effective control of the Department of Defense or under detention in a Department of Defense facility shall be subject to any treatment or technique of interrogation not authorized by and listed in the United States Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogation.
(b) Applicability.--Subsection (a) shall not apply to with respect to any person in the custody or under the effective control of the Department of Defense pursuant to a criminal law or immigration law of the United States.
(c) Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the rights under the United States Constitution of any person in the custody or under the physical jurisdiction of the United States.
SEC. __. PROHIBITION ON CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT OF PERSONS UNDER CUSTODY OR CONTROL OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.
(a) In General.--No individual in the custody or under the physical control of the United States Government, regardless of nationality or physical location, shall be subject to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.
(b) Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be construed to impose any geographical limitation on the applicability of the prohibition against cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment under this section.
(c) Limitation on Supersedure.--The provisions of this section shall not be superseded, except by a provision of law enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act which specifically repeals, modifies, or supersedes the provisions of this section.
(d) Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Defined.--In this section, the term "cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment" means the cruel, unusual, and inhumane treatment or punishment prohibited by the Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, as defined in the United States Reservations, Declarations and Understandings to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment done at New York, December 10, 1984.

Roll Call Vote Result

The Senate voted on the Amendment October 5, 2005, and the result was--yeas 90, nays 9, as follows:

Rollcall Vote No. 249 Leg.
YEAS--90
Akaka Alexander Allen Baucus
Bayh Bennett Biden Bingaman
Boxer Brownback Bunning Burns
Burr Byrd Cantwell Carper
Chafee Chambliss Clinton Coleman
Collins Conrad Craig Crapo
Dayton DeMint DeWine Dodd
Dole Domenici Dorgan Durbin
Ensign Enzi Feingold Feinstein
Frist Graham Grassley Gregg
Hagel Harkin Hatch Hutchison
Inouye Isakson Jeffords Johnson
Kennedy Kerry Kohl Kyl
Landrieu Lautenberg Leahy Levin
Lieberman Lincoln Lott Lugar
Martinez McCain McConnell Mikulski
Murkowski Murray Nelson (FL) Nelson (NE)
Obama Pryor Reed Reid
Rockefeller Salazar Santorum Sarbanes
Schumer Shelby Smith Snowe
Specter Stabenow Sununu Talent
Thomas Thune Vitter Voinovich
Warner Wyden
NAYS--9
Allard Bond Coburn Cochran
Cornyn Inhofe Roberts Sessions
Stevens
NOT VOTING--1
Corzine

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Presidential Response

The October 6, 2005, Washington Post reported that "'the Senate defied the White House yesterday and voted to set new limits on interrogating detainees in Iraq and elsewhere,' with 46 Republicans joining the Democrats to pass restrictions on prisoner abuse so unacceptable to President Bush that he has threatened his first veto."