What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : H.R. 2215. Justice Department Reauthorization/Vote to Allow Consideration of Justice Department Reauthorization Bill Which Under-Funded the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
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H.R. 2215. Justice Department Reauthorization/Vote to Allow Consideration of Justice Department Reauthorization Bill Which Under-Funded the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
house Roll Call 416     Sep 26, 2002
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N = Progressive
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The purpose of authorizing legislation is to provide congressional appropriators (those lawmakers who sit on the Appropriations Committee) with a financial blueprint for future spending priorities. The subject of this vote was a motion to move the previous question (thereby ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on legislation to reauthorize spending for Justice Department operations. During debate on the motion, Progressives raised several concerns with the underlying authorization. In their view, the authorization bill failed to provide sufficient funding for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Among other things, the Civil Rights Division is responsible for insuring that law enforcement agents do not infringe upon the rights of citizens. Democrats voted unanimously in opposition to the authorizing legislation but the measure was adopted on a 208-199 vote.

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