What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Public Employees : H.R. 1588. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Provide Funding for the Research and Development of "Low-Yield" Nuclear Weapons and Exempt the Defense Department from the Endangered Species Act. (2003 house Roll Call 208)
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H.R. 1588. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Provide Funding for the Research and Development of "Low-Yield" Nuclear Weapons and Exempt the Defense Department from the Endangered Species Act.
house Roll Call 208     May 22, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In an effort to further restrict amending activity on the 2004 defense authorization bill, the House Rules Committee (which functions on behalf of the majority party leadership) drafted a second rule for the purpose of preventing floor votes on certain Democratic amendments to the bill. Rules are legislative items that limit debate, schedule a time for a final vote, and restrict amendments. Progressives opposed the second rule because, in comparison to the first rule which was adopted on May 21, it afforded the minority party even fewer opportunities to amend the legislation. Democrats voted unanimously against the second rule but it was adopted on a 222-199 vote.

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