What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Curbing Presidential Power : S 762. Fiscal 2003 War Supplemental/Vote to Table (Kill) and Amendment to Research and Develop Technologies to Guard Commercial Aircraft Against Shoulder-Fired Missiles.
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S 762. Fiscal 2003 War Supplemental/Vote to Table (Kill) and Amendment to Research and Develop Technologies to Guard Commercial Aircraft Against Shoulder-Fired Missiles.
senate Roll Call 117     Apr 03, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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The FBI and others have determined that terrorists with shoulder-fired missiles pose a serious threat to commercial aircraft; National Guardsmen have since been deployed to the nation's airports to protect against such an attack. During debate on the war supplemental spending bill, Senator Boxer (D-CA) offered an amendment that would have improved security measures by appropriating $30 million for the research, development, and deployment of technologies to protect commercial aircraft against shoulder-fired missiles. Similar technologies have already been installed in military aircraft. Progressives favored Boxer's initiative to reduce the vulnerability of commercial aircraft to missile attacks. On a procedural vote, Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) offered a motion to table (or strike down) the Boxer amendment and the motion passed the Senate by a bare majority of 50-47 (thereby striking down the Boxer amendment). The partisan division on this vote can be attributed to differences between the parties regarding the amount that should have been provided to the President for discretionary (or flexible) spending on homeland security.

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