What: All Issues : War & Peace : Nuclear Weapons : HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003-Procedural Motion. (2002 house Roll Call 147)
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HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003-Procedural Motion.
house Roll Call 147     May 09, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The military authorization bill as proposed by congressional Republicans earned the wrath of Progressives. It allowed the military to study using nuclear weapons for "conventional" war, while Progressives opposed nuclear combat of any kind; it gave the military an exemption from certain environmental laws for military training exercises, while Progressives felt environmental protection and national security were compatible goals; and it permitted the beginnings of a missile defense system that Progressives deemed expensive, dangerous, and unworkable. Joining Progressives in opposition was Taylor (D-MS), who opposed the bill because he was not allowed to propose an amendment to stop the next round of military base closings. To gum up the works, Taylor moved to rise from the Committee of the Whole-an entirely procedural motion that required the House to spend time casting a vote. Progressives supported the motion because they favored stalling the forward march of the bill. The motion failed, 56-339, but victory was not the object: the object was to bring the House to a standstill in the hope that the Republican majority would be forced to change the bill, or at least to allow Progressives to propose amendments to it. This was only one of many attempts that together took debate into the small hours of the morning.

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