Friday, September 29, 2006

Ford A Strong Proponent Of The Death Penalty

In response to the Corker campaign trying to lie about Congressman Ford's record on the death penalty (using his father's votes and trying to pass them off as his), I am going to set the record straight once and for all.

Congressman Ford is and always has been a supporter of the death penalty and his record reflects that:
  • Voted YES on motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would implement the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings and the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism by making it a federal crime to attempt or carry out terrorist bombings of public, government and infrastructure facilities or to engage in financial transactions related to those acts. Violators would be subject to up to 20 years in prison and bombers whose actions result in fatalities could receive the death penalty. HR 3275, 12/19/2001, Passed 381-36
  • Voted YES on amendment that would change the federal criminal code to apply the death penalty or life imprisonment for a terrorist offense that results in a person's death.

    Amdt to HR 10, 10/8/2004, Passed 344-72

  • Voted YES on amendment that would authorize up to 20 years in prison for individuals who commit terrorist or other violent attacks on land, water, or air against railroad and mass transportation systems. It would also provide a minimum sentence of 30 years if the vehicle attacked is carrying spent nuclear fuel or high-level radioactive waste, and a mandatory life sentence, with the possibility of the death penalty, if the attack results in the death of a person. Amdt to HR 3199, 7/21/2005, Passed 362-66

  • Voted NO on amendment that would eliminate the death penalty authorized in the bill for individuals convicted of killing federal public safety officers, and replace it with language that would allow a sentence of up to life in prison for the same crime. HR 1751, 11/09/05

Don't be fooled by the Corker campaign's tactics. The facts speak for themselves.