What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : HR 4775. 2002 Supplemental Appropriations/Procedural Vote Intended to Force Republican Leaders to Consider Politically-Unpopular Debt Limit Increase As Standalone Measure. (2002 house Roll Call 195)
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HR 4775. 2002 Supplemental Appropriations/Procedural Vote Intended to Force Republican Leaders to Consider Politically-Unpopular Debt Limit Increase As Standalone Measure.
house Roll Call 195     May 22, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The government needed extra spending after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, which Congress debated in the form of a supplemental appropriations bill. The main text of the bill allocated funding mostly to the military, homeland security, and New York City, and was broadly popular. But House Republicans attached a number of unrelated provisions that they hoped would pass on the back of the larger bill's popularity alone. Two of these were particularly galling to Progressives. The first adopted a low spending limit for the upcoming 2003 appropriations that Progressives-and even many Republicans-said was inadequate to meet the government's needs. The second provision prevented the House from casting an up-or-down vote on raising the government's debt ceiling. Everyone agreed the debt ceiling had to be raised, but Progressives and all Democrats wanted a vote on that issue alone so they could call attention to what they viewed as the damaging effects of the president's $1.35 trillion tax cut of 2001. Obey (D-WI) decided to wage a war of delay against the supplemental appropriations bill in the hope of tying up House business so thoroughly that the Republican leadership would be forced to permit a separate vote on the debt ceiling. This motion to adjourn was one of many votes designed to stretch out the debate, possibly into the upcoming week-long recess for lawmakers. Progressives voted for the measure, which served its delaying purpose even though it did not pass. The final vote on the measure was 94-300.

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