Liz Cheney mistakenly votes against Russia’s war crimes bill


Rep. Liz Cheney mistakenly joined six other Republicans in voting against a bill that would require President Joe Biden’s administration to detail efforts to collect evidence of potential Russian war crimes in Ukraine on Wednesday .

The bill, known as HR 7276 or the Invasion of Ukraine War Crimes Deterrence and Accountability Act, passed the House of Representatives easily with a vote of 418 in favor. 7 against.

A spokesperson for Cheney said The hill newspaper that she had voted against the bill by mistake. She has already informed the House that she intends to vote for it, according to CNN’s chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju.

It’s not entirely clear why Cheney voted against the bill when she supported it, but it may just be a matter of pushing the wrong button.

It is not uncommon for members of the House to occasionally vote the wrong way by accident. The House has used an electronic voting system since 1973 and a new system was installed in 2018. Most recorded votes are taken using this technology.

Electronic voting machines ask members to place their personal Congressional voter ID cards in a slot, then press one of the buttons – marked “Yes”, “No” and “Present” – to register their vote.

Voting machines continue to have what could be described as a 1970s look and it seems easy for lawmakers to press the wrong button.

An article from July 19, 2014 published by The New York Times reported that there had been 112 such errors between the start of 2011 and the time of publication.

However, erroneous votes occur relatively rarely, and lawmakers usually reveal when they voted in error and correct the record.

Newsweek asked Rep. Liz Cheney’s office for comment.

The other six Republican members who voted against the Ukraine Invasion War Crimes Deterrence and Accountability Act were Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Warren Davidson of Ohio, Paul Gosar of the Arizona, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.

Cheney represents Wyoming’s greater congressional district and strongly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine when it began on February 24, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of launching “an unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine. and calling for “chilling penalties”.

The Ukraine Invasion War Crimes Deterrence and Accountability Act would require the Biden administration to explain the process it will use to gather evidence of possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

The administration would also be responsible for submitting a report to Congress on the process of a domestic, foreign or international tribunal on the matter if such a body requested information from the United States about possible war crimes.

The Ukrainian government accused Russian forces of committing “genocide” in the town of Bucha and alleged that the Russian military executed, raped and tortured civilians.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) listens during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. Cheney voted against a bill on the mistaken collection of evidence of potential Russian war crimes.
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