What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : HR 4866. Amending the Higher Education Act/Protest Vote Against Republicans' Strong Arm Tactics in Debate On the Higher Education Act. (2002 house Roll Call 303)
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HR 4866. Amending the Higher Education Act/Protest Vote Against Republicans' Strong Arm Tactics in Debate On the Higher Education Act.
house Roll Call 303     Jul 16, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

At issue in this vote was a bill that made a number of technical amendments to the Higher Education Act. These amendments were mostly designed to ease student access to educational loans and other sources of funding from the federal government. Progressives had no complaints about the substance of the bill itself. What they disliked was the process of passing it: Republicans had proposed the bill under "suspension of the rules," which prevents any amendments to the bill and requires a twothirds vote to pass it. Progressives and Democrats in general had a number of amendments they wanted to add to the bill, including provisions to encourage teachers to work in low-income areas, to waive student loans for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks, to permit student loans for those who had been convicted of a drug offense before applying for the loan (as opposed to during the loan period), and many more. Many of the Democratic amendments were even supported by a substantial number of Republicans. Progressives were angry that the Republicans chose to shut them out of the process, and they voted against the higher education bill in protest, despite supporting many of its provisions. With the help of these Progressive "no" votes, the bill fell short of the 282 votes needed to pass, 246-177.

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