What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : HR 4775. 2002 Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Impose Strict Caps on Federal Spending and Delay Consideration of Debt Limit Increase. (2002 house Roll Call 205)
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HR 4775. 2002 Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Impose Strict Caps on Federal Spending and Delay Consideration of Debt Limit Increase.
house Roll Call 205     May 23, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, a broad agreement developed in Congress that more spending was needed to cope with the aftermath. Republicans used this consensus to their advantage, by attaching some controversial provisions to the supplemental appropriations bill that provided the extra funding. Two of these provisions were particularly galling to Progressives: a cap on spending for the upcoming year's appropriations that Progressives felt was far too low; and language that prevented a vote on raising the country's debt ceiling, a change everyone agreed was necessary but that Progressives wanted vote on to highlight the debt problem as a consequence of the Bush administration's tax cuts. Obey (D-WI) moved to recommit (send back) this bill to its committee to remove the debt ceiling language and allow an up-or-down vote. Progressives voted "yes" on this motion, but it did not pass. The vote was 201-215.

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