What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Preventing Workers' Rights From Being Eroded by International Trade Agreements : S. 1050. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Vote to Instruct the Defense Department to Purchase American-Made Equipment Whenever Feasible. (2003 senate Roll Call 191)
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S. 1050. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Vote to Instruct the Defense Department to Purchase American-Made Equipment Whenever Feasible.
senate Roll Call 191     May 21, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

During debate on the 2004 defense authorization bill, Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN) proposed an amendment which would have instructed the Defense Department to purchase U.S.-made military hardware and supplies whenever possible. The Dayton measure, it should be noted, would not mandate military expenditures on U.S.-made goods if foreign products of higher-quality were available. Progressives supported the Dayton amendment because, in their estimation, purchasing American-made military equipment was a sound policy to protect U.S. jobs. In the tough economic climate, Progressives pointed out, efforts should be undertaken to invest in domestically-produced goods when those goods are of equal or better quality than those produced abroad. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) argued that the Dayton amendment could encourage military expenditures on products that are inferior to foreign-made goods and proposed changing the Dayton amendment to allow military investments in equipment manufactured by our NATO allies. Progressives opposed McCain's measure; they argued that the Dayton amendment would only encourage, not require, the military to buy U.S.-made products. The McCain amendment narrowly passed the Senate on a 50-48 vote.

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