What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Protecting Rights of Congressional Minorities : H.J. Res. 75. Fiscal 2004 Continuing Appropriation/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Continuing Appropriation to Fund Government at 2003 Levels Through November 7, 2003. (2003 house Roll Call 574)
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H.J. Res. 75. Fiscal 2004 Continuing Appropriation/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Continuing Appropriation to Fund Government at 2003 Levels Through November 7, 2003.
house Roll Call 574     Oct 29, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Each congressional session, Congress must pass and the president must sign thirteen appropriations bills to finance the operation of government for the upcoming year. If Congress is unable to complete its work on time, a continuing appropriation (or CR, for continuing resolution) is needed to continuing financing government operations (CR's usually extend the previous years appropriation by one or more weeks). If a CR cannot be adopted before the fiscal year expires on October 1st, then the government-specifically those areas of government that Congress has failed to appropriate money for-shuts down. (A partial government shutdown occurred in 1995 when President Clinton and Speaker Gingrich failed to reach a compromise on spending issues.) The subject of this vote was a rule governing debate on a continuing appropriation which would fund government operations into the 2004 fiscal year (which confusingly began on October 1, 2003) at the previous year's levels. Conservatives supported their party leadership on the CR as a way to "buy time" to complete all thirteen appropriations bills; more time was needed, they argued, to finalize appropriations legislation to fund the operation of government in 2004. Democrats, including Progressives, voted against the rule in an effort to force prompt action on the spending bills. Republican leaders, argued Progressives, were using the CR as a way to hide from public view their inability to find common ground with Democrats on spending issues. On a vote of 311-112, the rule governing debate on a continuing appropriation was approved and the CR was allowed to proceed in the legislative process.

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