What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : H.R. 2660. Fiscal 2004 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill Which Fails to Fully-Fund Education in 2004. (2003 house Roll Call 341)
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H.R. 2660. Fiscal 2004 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill Which Fails to Fully-Fund Education in 2004.
house Roll Call 341     Jul 09, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

One of the largest spending bills considered by Congress each year is the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. That bill provides funding for a wide range of government initiatives involving labor protections, health and human services, and elementary and secondary education. The subject of this vote was a procedural motion to allow consideration of the 2004 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill. Progressives voted against the motion to proceed based on their objections to the underlying legislation. In the view of Progressives, the spending bill failed to provide enough funding for education and a wide range of other government programs and services. Progressives pointed out that the appropriations bill under consideration did not even provide the level of education funding requested by President Bush in his No Child Left Behind Act. The reason for the lack of funding, Progressives argued, was what they characterized as the administration's reckless pursuit of tax cuts which has starved the federal government of funds for education and other important domestic priorities. Despite opposition from Progressives, the procedural vote to allow consideration of the bill was adopted on a straight party-line vote of 223-200.

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