What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : HR 4775. 2002 Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Adjourn Congressional Session to Allow Republicans to Devise New Strategy to Impose Strict Caps on Federal Spending and Delay Consideration of Debt Limit Increase. (2002 house Roll Call 203)
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HR 4775. 2002 Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Adjourn Congressional Session to Allow Republicans to Devise New Strategy to Impose Strict Caps on Federal Spending and Delay Consideration of Debt Limit Increase.
house Roll Call 203     May 23, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

After the September 11th attacks, a broad consensus developed in Congress to increase spending for military and homeland security needs, and to provide assistance to New York City. The vehicle for this extra spending was a supplemental appropriations bill. The Republican leadership decided to use the opportunity to push through more contentious items by attaching them to this popular spending package. Two in particular were noxious to Progressives. One established a target spending figure for the upcoming year's appropriations that Progressives found too low to meet the country's needs. The other prevented a vote on raising the country's debt limit; Progressives believed it was the president's tax cuts that had required raising the debt limit, and they wanted to call attention to this fact by holding a vote on the issue. Progressives joined Obey (D-WI) in attacking the Republican spending plan through a series of dilatory parliamentary procedures. As it became clear to the Republican leadership that Obey's tactics would grind the process to a halt, they decided to withdraw the spending plan from the floor and regroup. This motion to adjourn allowed them to pull the bill, and gave them a few hours to devise a new plan of attack. Because Progressives felt they were getting the upper hand, they did not want to give the Republicans this opportunity to devise a new strategy. They voted "no" on the motion, but it passed, 211-189.

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