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H.R. 2660. Fiscal 2004 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations/Protest Vote Against Spending Bill Which Fails to Fully-Fund Education and Other Domestic Programs.
house Roll Call 348     Jul 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

As initially drafted, the 2004 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill-which provides federal funding for a wide range of domestic purposes including labor protections, health and human services, and education-failed to fully-fund education as set forth in President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. In an effort to restore funding to education and other domestic priorities, Congressman Obey (D-WI) proposed an amendment which would have reduced the amount provided in the Bush Administration's recently-enacted tax cuts to individuals earning in excess of $1 million in order to add funding for education and other programs in the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill. Under House budget rules, however, amendments to appropriations bills must be considered directly relevant to the legislation. During floor debate in the House chamber, Congressman Regula (R-OH) raised a point of order against the Obey amendment on the grounds that it was not relevant to the underlying spending bill. The objection was sustained and Obey's amendment was defeated. The subject of this new vote was a second attempt by Obey to strike the enacting clause in the appropriations bill which, if passed, would have effectively killed the appropriations bill. Progressives voted in favor of the motion to strike based on their objections to the funding shortfalls in the underlying bill. In the view of Progressives, Republican budget priorities placed the needs of wealthy individuals above those of children, workers, and the infirm. Evidence of their claim, Progressives argued, was President Bush's three rounds of tax cuts which they said had starved the government of the revenue needed for elementary and secondary education, health services for the infirm, and other purposes. Obey's second attempt to strike the enacting clause in the appropriations bill was rejected by a 197-224 vote margin.

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