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H.R. 1350. Special Education Reauthorization/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill Which Fails to Fully-Fund the Individuals With Disabilities in Education Act.
house Roll Call 149     Apr 30, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In certain areas of domestic policy-such as welfare and education-Congress is required to reauthorize spending after a set period of time has elapsed. The reauthorization process allows Congress to make programmatic and funding changes to the laws governing certain domestic programs. The subject of this vote was a rule governing debate on reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). A rule, which is drafted by the House Rules Committee, must be adopted prior to floor consideration of legislation. Progressives opposed the rule because it prevented floor consideration of an amendment they favored which would have required that IDEA be classified as a mandatory spending program (similar to Medicare and Social Security). Unlike discretionary spending, mandatory spending levels cannot be changed by the congressional appropriations committees; recipients of mandatory spending are therefore better protected against spending cuts. The rule governing floor debate was narrowly adopted by a vote of 211-195.

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