What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Public Employees : HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Cloture Vote on Anti-Labor (GOP) Version of Bill. (2002 senate Roll Call 244)
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HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Cloture Vote on Anti-Labor (GOP) Version of Bill.
senate Roll Call 244     Nov 15, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

This vote moved the Republican version of a department of homeland security a step closer to passage. Democrats and Republicans had been fighting throughout the fall over whether and how much to eliminate union protections for employees of the new agency. Bush insisted that he needed the power to hire and fire at will. Democrats, including Progressives, argued that union representation has nothing to do with worker effectiveness and that the administration's position reflected a Republican opposition to unions in general. But after losing seats in the November elections, many Democrats gave up and went with the administration's position. The vote at issue here was for cloture on the Republican version, which gave the president the power to de-unionize with no effective means to oppose him. Cloture limits debate on a bill and sets a time for a vote on final passage, so a vote for cloture is generally a vote for the bill itself. Progressives persisted in their opposition to the bill, including voting "no" on this cloture motion. Cloture received the 60 votes needed to pass, 65-29, with five to spare, thus moving the Republican version closer to passage.

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