What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : Sense of the House Resolution/Vote to Table (Kill) a Measure Expressing the Sense of the House that Congress Should Fully-Fund Education as Required By Law. (2002 house Roll Call 433)
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Sense of the House Resolution/Vote to Table (Kill) a Measure Expressing the Sense of the House that Congress Should Fully-Fund Education as Required By Law.
house Roll Call 433     Oct 02, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Before legislation can pass Congress, the measure must be adopted by the House and the Senate in identical forms. Frequently, bills are passed by one legislative body but not the other; in those cases, the legislation is defeated. In an effort to admonish the Senate for its failure to act on several House-passed measures, House GOP leaders drafted several "sense of the House" resolutions which stated that the Senate should act on those issues. In contrast to other legislation, sense of the House resolutions are non-binding and lack the force of law. In response to the GOP's "blame-game" legislative strategy, Democrats proposed several resolutions of their own which would castigate the House for inaction on Senate-passed legislation. The subject of this vote was a motion by Congressman Miller (R-FL) to table (or strike down) a sense of the House resolution drafted by Congressman Visclosky (D-IN). Visclosky's resolution would have urged the House to provide funding on par with Senate levels for the implementation of education overhaul legislation enacted in 2001 (the House provided less funding for that bill than did the Senate). Progressives opposed Miller's motion to table the Visclosky resolution because, in their view, the House provided insufficient funding for states to implement the 2001 education legislation. The motion to strike down the Visclosky's measure was adopted on a 210-200 vote.

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