What: All Issues : Environment : Global Warming : H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Appropriations/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Government Spending Measure Which, With Few Exceptions, Contained Across-the-Board Funding Cuts in Domestic Programs.
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H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Appropriations/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Government Spending Measure Which, With Few Exceptions, Contained Across-the-Board Funding Cuts in Domestic Programs.
house Roll Call 31     Feb 13, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

Throughout the fall of 2002, Democrats and Republicans struggled to agree on a spending plan for 2003, but never succeeded. Republicans approached the project with renewed vigor after expanding their majority in the House and winning back the Senate in the November 2002 elections. But in addition to cutting spending across most categories, the spending bill they proposed also included a number of "riders": provisions unrelated to the spending bill at hand that members would attach in the hopes they would be passed on the momentum of the larger bill. Obey (D-WI) moved to recommit (send back) the spending bill to the committee that drafted it with instructions that several riders related to the environment be removed, including one that would open up Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil leasing studies. Obey's motion also would require additional funding for conservation resource programs and $500 million for state and local "first responders" to emergencies. Progressives supported these ideas as favorable to the environment and homeland security, but their votes were not enough to carry the day. The motion fell, 193-226.

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