An amendment offered by Rep. Frank Riggs (R-CA) in the House yesterday was defeated by a vote of 249 to 171. The amendment would have prohibited federally-funded colleges and universities from considering race or gender in admissions policies.
This is the second time the House has defeated an anti-affirmative action bill in the past two months. Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX) believes that many Republicans have realized that their constituents support affirmative action and that reelection may depend on their support for these programs.
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