What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Public Employees : HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Cloture Vote on Anti-Labor (GOP) Version of Bill. (2002 senate Roll Call 218)
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HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Cloture Vote on Anti-Labor (GOP) Version of Bill.
senate Roll Call 218     Sep 19, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This cloture motion was an attempt to end debate on a Democratic amendment to the bill establishing the Department of Homeland Security. Throughout the fall of 2002, Democrats and Republicans wrestled over the question of union protections in the new department. The Bush proposal gave the president broad new powers to hire and fire at will and to exclude employees of the department from union representation. The change undermined union protections for as many as 43,000 current employees of the federal government, as well as for the tens of thousands of future employees to be hired as airport screeners. Joe Lieberman (DCT) proposed an amended version of the bill that would have required the president to justify any de-unionization in terms of homeland security. This cloture motion would have ended debate and brought the amendment to a vote, an action favored by Progressives. With a vote of 50-49, it failed to get the 60 necessary for passage, giving Republicans the chance bring the amendment itself further in line with the president's version of the bill.

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