What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : HR 4775. 2002 Supplemental Appropriations/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Impose Strict Caps on Federal Spending and Delay Consideration of Debt Limit Increase.
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HR 4775. 2002 Supplemental Appropriations/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Impose Strict Caps on Federal Spending and Delay Consideration of Debt Limit Increase.
house Roll Call 194     May 22, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

The September 11th terrorist attacks left the government needing additional money to combat terrorism and pay for the fallout of the disaster. The House Republican leadership offered a supplemental appropriations bill that provided extra funds for the military, homeland security, and aid to New York. The package was broadly popular, so the Republican leadership added on several highly contentious provisions and then dared opponents of those provisions to vote against the larger package. To Progressives and Democrats in general, the most offensive of these provisions were tight spending caps on 2003 appropriations and language preventing an up-or-down vote on a much-needed increase in the government's debt ceiling. The spending totals were considered too low, even by Republicans on the Appropriations Committee. The debt ceiling provision saved Republicans from a debate on the reasons for the growing deficit, which Progressives pinned to the administration's $1.35 trillion tax cut in 2001. In the House, most bills come with a "rule" that establishes the boundaries of debate. Ordinarily, opponents of a bill will also vote against the rule as a way of killing the bill itself. In this case, the rule also included the extra provisions that Progressives found so distasteful, so they were especially opposed to passing it. However, the rule claimed all but three Republicans, and passed 216-209.

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