What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Curbing Presidential Power : HR 5710. Homeland Security Department/Vote to Recommit to Committee an Anti-Labor, Executive Power-Enhancing Bill to Create a Department of Homeland Security.
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HR 5710. Homeland Security Department/Vote to Recommit to Committee an Anti-Labor, Executive Power-Enhancing Bill to Create a Department of Homeland Security.
house Roll Call 476     Nov 13, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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The Bush administration responded to the terrorist attacks on September 11th by proposing a dramatic restructuring of the federal government to create a new Department of Homeland Security. But with some suggestions that administration missteps had facilitated the terrorist attacks, Progressives and Democrats in general wanted to establish an investigation into the matter. Roemer (D-IN) moved to recommit (send back) the bill that created the new department to its committee with instructions that a National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States be added. The commission would look into security lapses before September 11th, among other matters. House Republicans were anxious to save the administration from such scrutiny, just as Progressives wanted to turn up the heat. On an almost perfect party-line vote, the motion to add the commission to the bill failed, 203-215.

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