What: All Issues : War & Peace : Nuclear Weapons : HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Authorize Spending on a Missile Defense Program and Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons and Exempt the Military from Environmental Regulations. (2002 house Roll Call 157)
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HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Authorize Spending on a Missile Defense Program and Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons and Exempt the Military from Environmental Regulations.
house Roll Call 157     May 09, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Every year, Congress must authorize the military programs it feels should receive funding. The military authorization bill that the president and his allies on Capitol Hill proposed for 2003 included a number of controversial provisions, including authorization for a missiledefense system. Progressives opposed such a system as expensive, unworkable, and likely to destabilize American foreign policy. Along these lines, Spratt (D-SC) moved to recommit (send back) the authorization bill to its committee with instructions that a ban on spending for nuclear-tipped ballistic missile interceptors be added. Progressives-who opposed a missile defense system on general principle-were strongly behind the Spratt motion because they could see no need to implement nuclear weapons in this way. But all but two Republicans voted against Spratt's motion, so it was rejected 193- 223.

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