H.Con.Res.186 - Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to recent church burnings.104th Congress (1995-1996)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Watts, J. C., Jr. [R-OK-4] (Introduced 06/13/1996)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||06/13/1996 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.|
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Summary: H.Con.Res.186 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (06/13/1996)
Condemns the burning of African-American churches. Sends condolences to affected individuals. Supports the activities of local law enforcement officials, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Treasury in investigating these incidents.
Urges: (1) the United States Attorney General and local prosecutors to seek the maximum penalty available under law to punish the perpetrators; and (2) the President to make the fullest possible use of all available law enforcement resources to bring the culprits to justice.
Expresses the sense of the Congress that: (1) attacks on places of worship because of the race, color, denomination, or ethnicity of the congregation undermine fundamental American ideals; (2) these fires appear to be hate crimes and implicitly interfere with the First Amendment and other civil rights of the victims; (3) the arson of a place of worship is repulsive to us as a society; and (4) it is important that the Congress enact legislation to ensure that Federal law enforcement has the necessary tools to punish and deter such acts.
Encourages: (1) the people of the United States to work within their own communities to prevent arson against African-American or any other house of worship; and (2) the American people to use June 16th as a day of prayer concerning these tragedies.