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Lummis votes against defense bill

Submitted by Newsroom on December 16, 2011 – 7:12 amNo Comment

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A defense bill that passed through Congress this week sets a troubling precedent, according to Wyoming’s Representative Cynthia Lummis.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis

The Wyoming Republican voted against the National Defense Authorization Act because, she said, it muddies the water concerning due process rights granted to American citizens by the Constitution.

According to a statement issued by her office, the legislation denies suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation’s borders, the right to trial and subjects them to indefinite detention.

The bill passed the U.S. House on a 283-135 vote Wednesday night, and the Senate approved it on Thursday.

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