What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Farmers : Sense of the House Resolution/Vote to Table (Kill) a Measure Expressing the Sense of the House that Congress Should Extend the Farm Bankruptcy Program to Include Family Fishermen.
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Sense of the House Resolution/Vote to Table (Kill) a Measure Expressing the Sense of the House that Congress Should Extend the Farm Bankruptcy Program to Include Family Fishermen.
house Roll Call 435     Oct 02, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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For legislation to pass Congress, a bill must be adopted by the House and Senate in an identical form. Frequently, however, legislation is passed by one legislative body but not the other; in those cases, the measure is defeated for that congressional session. In an effort to chastise the Senate for its inaction on several House-passed bills, House GOP leaders drafted several "sense of the House" resolutions which stated that Congress (i.e. the Senate) should act on those House-passed bills. In contrast to other legislation, sense of the House resolutions are non-binding and lack the force of law. To counter the GOP's "blame-game" legislative strategy, Democrats proposed several resolutions of their own to admonish the House for inaction on Senate-passed legislation. On this vote, Congressman Sensenbrenner (R-WI) motioned to table (or strike down) a sense of the House resolution proposed by Congressman Holden (D-PA). The Holden resolution would have urged the House to extend a farm bankruptcy program to include bankruptcy protections for family fishermen. Progressives supported the Holden resolution because, in their view, fishermen should be offered the same bankruptcy protections that small farmers currently enjoy; success in both fishing and farming, they argued, depends heavily upon seasonal weather conditions and other unforeseeable factors that farmers and fisherman cannot control. The motion to strike down the Holden resolution was passed on a 214-202 vote.

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