What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Appropriations/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Adopt Highest Possible Funding Levels for Veterans' Medical Care, Homeland Security, Education, and Health Programs During Conference Committee Negotiations with the Senate. (2003 house Roll Call 17)
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H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Appropriations/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Adopt Highest Possible Funding Levels for Veterans' Medical Care, Homeland Security, Education, and Health Programs During Conference Committee Negotiations with the Senate.
house Roll Call 17     Jan 29, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

With Republicans controlling the House and Democrats the Senate in the fall of 2002, agreement on a spending plan for 2003 proved impossible. Congress passed a series of stopgap spending measures (continuing resolutions, or CRs) instead. However, the outcome of the 2002 electionswhich widened the Republicans' margin in the House and gave them control of the Senate-encouraged the Republican leadership to move aggressively toward a new spending package. Progressives--and Democrats generally--were concerned that this final spending package would short-change domestic programs, including homeland security. As House and Senate negotiators worked out differences between the two bodies' versions of the spending plan, Obey (D-WI) moved to instruct the negotiators from the House to agree to the highest levels of funding for veterans' medical care, for homeland security, and for education, labor, and health programs in general. Progressives supported this motion to instruct, but it was defeated 200-209 on an almost perfect party-line vote.

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