What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Public Employees : HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote to Prevent the Private Contracting of Public Services (2002 senate Roll Call 245)
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HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote to Prevent the Private Contracting of Public Services
senate Roll Call 245     Nov 19, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

With the Republican gains of the fall 2002 elections, the debate on creating a department of homeland security shifted strongly in the Republicans' favor. Emboldened by the prospect of passage, conservatives began inserting provisions into the bill to protect a variety of corporate interests. These provisions included one that allowed the new department to contract with companies that had incorporated overseas to avoid paying taxes, and others that limited liability for companies providing airport screening or making vaccine preservatives and anti-terrorism products. Progressives, who strongly opposed these provisions, supported a Daschle (D-SD) amendment to remove them. This vote was technically on an amendment by Daschle to his own amendment, to add an enforcement date and give the amendment some teeth. But the vote was mostly about the original amendment. When this second amendment fell 47-52, with Progressives voting "yes," senators subsequently voted down the original amendment on a voice (unrecorded) vote.

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