What: All Issues : War & Peace : Arming/Militarizing Civilians as Reaction to Security Threats : HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Vote to Allow the U.S. Military to Engage in Domestic Border Security Activities. (2002 house Roll Call 154)
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HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003/Vote to Allow the U.S. Military to Engage in Domestic Border Security Activities.
house Roll Call 154     May 09, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Congress is responsible for authorizing the programs in the federal government that can receive money every year, and the military is no exception to this process. Goode (I-VA, who has since changed to the Republican party) offered an amendment to the version of the 2003 military authorization that had been proposed by the Republicans. His amendment allowed the military to assist the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the U.S. Customs Service if either the attorney general (in the case of the former) or the secretary of the Treasury (in the case of the latter) asked for it. Progressives disliked this idea because they believed the military and the domestic police force should not mix. But their votes-and the votes of most other Democratswere not enough to stop the amendment. It was adopted 232-183.

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