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 124. 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 124. 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 473     Nov 13, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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The Bush administration was determined to keep government spending low, even in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Republicans in the House followed that lead, and refused to compromise with the Democrats in control of the Senate on overall spending levels. Instead, they proposed a series of stopgap spending measures-"continuing resolutions," or "CRs"-that kept the government funded at fiscal 2002 levels on a temporary basis. The Republicans had taken back the Senate in the November 2002 elections but they would not take formal control of the body until January, so this latest CR kept the government funded until then. Obey (D-WI) moved to recommit (send back) this CR to its committee to add spending for veterans' health care, anti-bioterrorism programs, emergency preparedness, and oversight of corporate malfeasance. Progressives favored Obey's motion because they felt these programs needed extra funding. But enough Republicans stood by the administration to make a Progressive victory impossible. The motion failed, 196-216.

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