What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H.R. 2799. Fiscal 2004 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Spending Bill Which, In the View of Progressives, Underfunds Domestic Security Programs.
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H.R. 2799. Fiscal 2004 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Spending Bill Which, In the View of Progressives, Underfunds Domestic Security Programs.
house Roll Call 401     Jul 22, 2003
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N = Progressive
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Each year, Congress is required to allocate money through the appropriations process to fund federal departments and related agencies. The subject of this vote was a procedural motion to allow consideration of a rule governing debate on the 2004 Commerce, Justice, and State appropriations bill (prior to House consideration of legislation, a rule drafted by the House Rules Committee-in essence an arm of the majority party leadership-must be adopted to set parameters on debate). The 2004 Commerce, Justice, and State appropriations bill provided $38.6 billion in federal funding for, among other things, the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State. Progressives voted against the procedural motion to proceed based on their opposition to the funding levels for law enforcement, counter-terrorism activities, and other domestic security protections which were contained in the appropriations bill. In the view of Progressives, inadequacies in funding contained in the appropriations bill for domestic security reflected the recent waves of tax cuts benefiting wealthy individuals; those tax cuts, Progressives argued, have starved the government of funding for important domestic programs such as education, healthcare, and domestic security. On a nearly party-line vote of 221-199, the motion to allow consideration of the rule was adopted and the Commerce, Justice, and State appropriations bill was allowed to proceed in the legislative process.

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