What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : S 762. Fiscal 2003 War Supplemental/Vote to Eliminate Funding for Farmers, AIDS Research, and All Other Non- Defense Spending Contained in Bill. (2003 senate Roll Call 118)
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S 762. Fiscal 2003 War Supplemental/Vote to Eliminate Funding for Farmers, AIDS Research, and All Other Non- Defense Spending Contained in Bill.
senate Roll Call 118     Apr 03, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

Unlike the House, the Senate does not have a "germaneness" (or relevance) requirement on amendments; subjects that are not directly related to the legislation under consideration can be considered by the Senate. The war supplemental spending bill, for instance, included spending for purposes such as loan guarantees for struggling farmers, AIDS research, the treatment of autism, and special education programs. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who viewed all non-war-related spending as wasteful, offered an amendment to the supplemental spending bill that would have eliminated spending on projects not directly related to the costs of war. Progressives voted against McCain's proposal because much of the nonwar- related spending included in the supplemental bill went to worthwhile causes such as AIDS and autism research and treatment. McCain's amendment failed to attract majority support in the Senate and was defeated on a 38-61 vote.

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