What: All Issues : War & Peace : Nuclear Weapons : HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Vote to Eliminate Funding for "Low-Yield" Nuclear Weapons. (2002 house Roll Call 141)
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HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Vote to Eliminate Funding for "Low-Yield" Nuclear Weapons.
house Roll Call 141     May 09, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

As proposed by the Bush administration and Republicans in Congress, the bill to authorize military programs for 2003 contained a number of controversial provisions. Among the most contentious was a series of measures to make it easier for the military to use nuclear weapons in "conventional" combat. One such use of nuclear weapons was as "bunker busters": missiles designed to penetrate the ground before exploding in order to destroy an underground military hideout. Progressives opposed the use of nuclear weapons for any purpose, but particularly in otherwise conventional warfare. Markey (D-MA) proposed an amendment to the authorization bill that would forbid funding for studying or ever developing such a nuclear weapon. Progressives and virtually all Democrats voted for this amendment, but it was rejected anyway, 172-243.

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