What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Public Employees : H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Encourage the Outsourcing of Public Jobs to the Private Sector.
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H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Encourage the Outsourcing of Public Jobs to the Private Sector.
senate Roll Call 25     Jan 23, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

The first order of business for the Republican leadership in the 108th Congress was a final spending plan for 2003. Ordinarily, such a plan would have been approved in 2002, but the Democrati-controlled Senate of the time fought the spending plans proposed by the Republicancontrolled House. The Senate fell to the Republicans in the 2002 elections, so they were given new freedom to pursue their own agenda. As part of the battle against that agenda, Mikulski (D-MD) had proposed an amendment that would forbid federal agencies from using set quotas to determine how many federal jobs they outsourced to the private sector. Progressives supported the Mikulski amendment because they felt jobs were often outsourced because of pressure from conservatives and not because outsourcing improved government performance, and that quotas encouraged that sort of ideological decision-making. Thomas (R-WY) proposed an amendment to Mikulski's amendment that would limit the number of jobs outsourced but allowed agencies to use quotas if they felt they would be more productive. Progressives believed this change effectively gutted Mikulski's amendment, so they voted against it. However, the Thomas amendment squeaked by, 50-48, and the Mikulski amendment was changed.

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