What: All Issues : Labor Rights : General Union Rights : H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment Designed to Prevent Foreign-Owned Cruise Ships From Sailing in Hawaiian Waters. (2003 senate Roll Call 8)
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H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment Designed to Prevent Foreign-Owned Cruise Ships From Sailing in Hawaiian Waters.
senate Roll Call 8     Jan 17, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

The Republican leadership-having taken control of the Senate for unified control of government-placed passage of the spending bills for 2003 at the top of their agenda to start the 108th Congress. The bills lingered from 2002, when the Republican House and the Democratic Senate had been unable to agree on final legislation. The spending legislation prepared by the Republicans in 2003 included many state and local projects supported by individual members of both parties. One of these was a provision that established a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Lines as the only foreign company that could sail cruise ships under the U.S. flag in Hawaii. McCain (R-AZ) proposed an amendment to strike this provision from the bill. Progressives stood by their fellow Democrats Inouye (D-HI) and Akaka (D-HI) in supporting the cruise ship provision, given that it required the cruise ship to be run by Americans and to hire American workers. In so doing, Progressives joined virtually all Democrats and even a large minority of Republicans in opposing McCain's amendment and voting for a motion proposed by Inouye (D-HI) to table (kill) the measure. The motion to table passed, 62-33, and the cruise line provision stayed in the larger bill.

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