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Procedural Motion/Vote to Table (Kill) a Requirement that the President Obtain Congressional Approval Before Withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
house Roll Call 214     Jun 06, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

President Bush had decided in December to pull out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. He did not believe in treaties generally and he felt the ABM Treaty in particular prevented the United States from developing a missile defense system. Progressives disagreed with this move because they believed the treaty had been an effective means of slowing the arms race, and because they felt a missile defense system was a technical impossibility. Kucinich (D-OH) wanted to require the president to obtain congressional approval before withdrawing from the treaty, but he could not get a resolution to that effect past the Republican leadership. He tried to claim privilege for his resolution under the rules of the House, but the chair ruled against him. He then appealed this ruling, but Hyde (R-IL) moved to table (kill) this appeal. Progressives favored Kucinich's resolution because they opposed Bush's approach to arms control and at least wanted to have a vote on the matter. As a result, they also disagreed with the ruling of the chair that Kucinich's resolution did not deserve privilege, agreed with Kucinich's appeal of that ruling, and opposed Hyde's attempt to table the appeal. They voted "no" on the motion to table, but it passed 254-169.

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