What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : H J Res 122. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities.
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H J Res 122. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities.
house Roll Call 460     Oct 10, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

Throughout 2002, Democrats in the Senate and Republicans in the House had been unable to agree on spending bills to fund most of the federal government. Progressives and Democrats in general felt the spending levels proposed by the Republicans were far too low, especially given the fragile state of the economy and the threat of future terrorist attacks. Without a compromise, Republicans in the House proposed a series of "continuing resolutions" (CRs)-temporary measures to keep the government running at the previous year's spending levels. Republicans used the CRs to avoid compromise until at least the November elections. They hoped to take back the Senate in those elections, after which their spending plan would have much better chance of passage. Progressives, on the other hand, wanted to force Republicans to confront the CRs as often as possible as a way to highlight the impasse and hopefully peel off some Republican votes. Toward that end, Obey moved to recommit (send back) the bill to its committee with instructions that the length of the CR be shortened from its current eight days to two. Progressives voted for this motion, but with united Republican opposition they did not have the votes to prevail. The motion was rejected 202-214.

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