(March 20, 2005) -- Following over three hours of unusual Sunday night debate, the House of Represenatives voted 203-58 (174 recorded as not voting) to approve a bill allowing the parents of Terri Schiavo, a brain damaged Flordia woman, seek federal court review of her civil rights concerning removal of a feeding tube, which a Florida state court ordered removed last week at the request of her estranged husband.
LB representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R., HB-LB-PV), Juanita Millender-McDonald (D, Carson-LB) and Ed Royce (R, El Dorado Park-West OC) were recorded as not voting on the vote which occurred just after midnight Eastern Time on March 21.
156 Republicans and 47 Democrats voted in favor of the House bill; 5 Republicans and 53 Democrats voted no.
The vote caps several days of Congressional activity by supporters of a federal remedy on behalf of Ms. Schiavo. She had been without food and water for roughly fifty hours by the time the legislation cleared Congress.
Earlier in the day, the U.S. Senate (with no members objecting) passed the bill...which was expected to reach the White House in the middle of the night for President Bush's immediate signature.