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 227)
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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 227     Sep 26, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The central point of disagreement in the creation of a department of homeland security was whether the president should have the power to override union protections for departmental employees. The president argued he needed the flexibility to hire and fire easily in order to protect the nation. Progressives and Democrats countered that the change was a power grab, and had nothing to do with homeland security. The Democrats in the Senate, back by Progressives, put forward their own version of homeland security that required the president to justify any de-unionization in terms of homeland security. To block this, Republicans offered a counter-proposal that would permit de-unionization so long as the president presented his reasons in writing. Like most legislation in the Senate, this Republican version needed 60 votes to invoke cloture and come to a final vote. Cloture limits debate, which would continue indefinitely without it. Ironically, Republicans did not want cloture on their own amendment, because they feared the limited time period of cloture would allow Democrats to amend their proposal without a response. Progressives and Democrats favored cloture, to move the process forward. But with Republican opposition, the cloture motion failed, 44-53, and the amendment was stalled.

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