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.R. 2765. Fiscal 2004 District of Columbia Appropriations/Vote to Reduce Spending in the Underlying Appropriation Bill by One Percent.
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H.R. 2765. Fiscal 2004 District of Columbia Appropriations/Vote to Reduce Spending in the Underlying Appropriation Bill by One Percent.
house Roll Call 480     Sep 05, 2003
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During debate on the 2004 appropriations bill for the District of Columbia, Representative Hefley (R-CO) proposed an amendment which would have reduced the total amount of spending contained in the bill ($7.9 billion) by one percent. Hefley, who proposed making similar across-the-board reductions on other spending bills, argued that a one percent cut in federal spending would reduce the projected 2004 deficit by twenty-five percent. Progressives (and a great many Republicans) voted against Hefley's amendment and pointed out that the 2004 DC spending bill is already 8.4 percent less then the amount received by the District in 2003. Further cuts, Progressives argued, would seriously undermine important federal programs that benefit DC residents (such as health, housing, and education-related programs). On a vote of 116-284, Hefley's amendment was defeated and the one percent spending cut was not applied to the 2004 DC spending bill.

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