What: All Issues : Labor Rights : HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Cloture Vote on Anti-Labor (GOP) Version of Bill. (2002 senate Roll Call 225)
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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 225     Sep 25, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

One of the central points of disagreement about creating a department of homeland security concerned whether to maintain union protections for employees of the department. The president asserted that he needed the power to hire and fire at will in order to adequately protect the public. Progressives and most Democrats wondered why the president considered union employees such a threat to homeland security. The change had the potential to de-unionize as many as 43,000 current employees, not to mention the tens of thousands to be hired as airport screeners. Progressives supported a version of the bill that required the president to justify any de-unionization in terms of homeland security. In the Senate, debate on a bill continues until cloture is invoked, which restricts debate and brings a vote to final passage. Progressives wanted the version of the bill that protected unions to come to a vote, so they supported cloture. However, the cloture motion failed, 49-49, effectively stalling that version of the bill.

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