John Ashcroft on Crime

Oversaw 7 executions as Governor of Missouri

At Ashcroft’s appointment, President-Elect Bush said there was no reason to have a moratorium on the federal death penalty, and Ashcroft agreed. Ashcroft is a very strong supporter of the death penalty. Bush oversaw 152 executions in Texas as governor over the course of six years. Ashcroft said he has weighed the issues on this subject when he was governor of Missouri from 1984-92. Seven people were executed under Ashcroft, compared to 26 put to death under the late Democratic Gov. Mel Carnahan.
Source:, “An Ashcroft Justice Department” Dec 23, 2000

Tougher school rules keep schools safe

Source:, campaign web site Nov 7, 2000

Voted NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program.

Vote on an amendment to authorize $1.15 billion per year from 2000 through 2005 to continue and expand the Community Oriented Policing Services program. $600 million of the annual funding is marked for hiring additional officers [up to 50,000] or retaini
Bill S.254 ; vote number 1999-139 on May 20, 1999

Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals.

Vote to table, or kill, a motion to send the bill back to the joint House-Senate conference committee with instructions to delete the provisions in the bill that would make it harder for prisoners given the death penalty in state courts to appeal the dec
Bill S.735 ; vote number 1996-66 on Apr 17, 1996

Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards.

Approval of a limit on punitive damages in product liability cases.
Status: Conf Rpt Agreed to Y)59; N)40; NV)1
Reference: Conference Report on H.R. 956; Bill H. R. 956 ; vote number 1996-46 on Mar 21, 1996

Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits.

Restriction of class-action security lawsuits.
Status: Veto Overridden Y)68; N)30; P)1
Reference: H.R. 1058 passage over veto; Bill H.R. 1058 ; vote number 1995-612 on Dec 22, 1995

Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits.

Repeal federal speeding limits.
Status: Motion to Table Agreed to Y)64; N)36
Reference: Motion to table Lautenberg Amdt #1428; Bill S. 440 ; vote number 1995-270 on Jun 20, 1995

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