What: All Issues : War & Peace : Nuclear Weapons : HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003-Procedural Motion. (2002 house Roll Call 150)
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HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003-Procedural Motion.
house Roll Call 150     May 09, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Republicans included several provisions in the military authorization bill for 2003 that Progressives could not go along with. The bill allowed the military to study using nuclear weapons for "conventional" war; it gave the military an exemption from certain environmental laws for military training exercises; and it permitted the beginnings of a missile defense system. Progressives were opposed to all three. They felt nuclear combat should be avoided at all costs, they saw no reason why national security and environmentalism should be at odds, and they felt a missile defense system was dangerous, expensive, and unworkable. Joining them in opposition was Taylor (D-MS), who opposed the bill because he was not allowed to propose an amendment to stop the next round of military base closings. To gum up the works, Taylor moved to rise from the Committee of the Whole-an entirely procedural motion that required the House to spend time casting a vote. Progressives supported the motion because they favored stalling the forward march of the bill. The motion failed, 83-312, but victory was not the object: the object was to bring the House to a standstill in the hope that the Republican majority would be forced to change the bill, or at least to allow Progressives to propose amendments to it. This was only one of many attempts that together took debate into the small hours of the morning.

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