What: All Issues : War & Peace : Nuclear Weapons : HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Procedural Vote Intended to Delay Consideration of a Bill to Authorize Spending on a Missile Defense Program and Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons and Exempt the Military from Environmental Regulations. (2002 house Roll Call 152)
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HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Procedural Vote Intended to Delay Consideration of a Bill to Authorize Spending on a Missile Defense Program and Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons and Exempt the Military from Environmental Regulations.
house Roll Call 152     May 09, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Progressives were angered by a number of elements of the Republicans' military authorization bill. It permitted the testing of 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 disliked the bill because they opposed nuclear combat of any kind, supported maintaining environmental regulations for everyone, and 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, 168- 241, 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 the last of many attempts that together had taken debate into the small hours of the morning.

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