What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Public Employees : H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Limit the Outsourcing of Public Jobs to the Private Sector.
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H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Limit the Outsourcing of Public Jobs to the Private Sector.
senate Roll Call 26     Jan 23, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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One of the first matters taken up by the Republican leadership in the 108th Congress was a final spending plan for 2003. Progress on a final plan had been stalled in 2002 because of disagreements between the Republican House and the Democratic Senate. With the Republicans back in control of the Senate after the 2002 elections, conservatives moved aggressively forward with their own version of the spending plan. Mikulski (D-MD) proposed an amendment to this spending plan that would have prevented federal agencies from using quotas to determine how many jobs to outsource to the private sector. Progressives had long felt that outsourcing provided little benefit to the agency and followed instead the dictates of conservatives who supported outsourcing for ideological reasons. Thus, they felt quotas-fixed numbers of jobs to be outsourced-encouraged this sort of inflexible ideological decision-making. In an earlier vote (No. 25), the Senate had approved a Thomas (R-WY) amendment to Mikulski's amendment that effectively gutted her anti-quota restrictions. Mikulski proposed another amendment that would have reverted her amendment back to its original language, something Progressives supported. However, this amendment to turn back the clock was rejected, 47-50, and her anti-quota amendment remained in the bill in its weakened form.

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