What: All Issues : War & Peace : Nuclear Weapons : S. 1050. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment to Cut Funding for the Development of "Low-Yield" Nuclear Weapons. (2003 senate Roll Call 189)
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S. 1050. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment to Cut Funding for the Development of "Low-Yield" Nuclear Weapons.
senate Roll Call 189     May 21, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The Bush Administration has asserted that developing a new breed of low-yield nuclear weapons (so-called "earth penetrator" weapons) is necessary to destroy enemy targets located underground. The 2004 defense authorization bill included funding for the research and development of those weapons. During Senate consideration of the defense authorization bill, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) proposed an amendment which would have eliminated funding for the study and engineering of any type of nuclear weapon including low-yield nuclear weapons. In the view of Progressives, the use of low-yield nuclear weapons is deplorable for any reason given the potentially catastrophic consequences of lowyield nuclear weapons for humans and the environment. Senator John Warner (R-VA) made a motion to table (or strike down) the Dorgan amendment. Progressives supported Dorgan's amendment and therefore opposed the tabling motion. The tabling motion was successful on a 56-41 vote and the Dorgan proposal was struck down.

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