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Some Florida Republicans vote for controversial defense bill containing hate crime protection

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Six Florida Republicans joined Democrats in support of the House's $680 billion defense authorization bill, which contains a controversial hate crimes provision. Republicans sharply criticized Democrats for including the language in the must-pass bill and many voted against it on principle.

But Florida Reps. Ginny Brown-Waite, Mario Diaz-Balart, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Tom Rooney, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and C.W. Bill Young, all voted with the majority. More here.

"This is radical social policy that is being put on the defense authorization bill, on the backs of our soldiers, because they probably can't pass it on its own," House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio said.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:21pm]

    

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