What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : HR 4775. 2002 Supplemental Appropriations/Final Passage of a Bill to Impose Strict Caps on Federal Spending and Delay Consideration of Debt Limit Increase. (2002 house Roll Call 206)
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HR 4775. 2002 Supplemental Appropriations/Final Passage of a Bill to Impose Strict Caps on Federal Spending and Delay Consideration of Debt Limit Increase.
house Roll Call 206     May 23, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Most in Congress agreed that the government needed additional funding in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Republicans used this consensus to their advantage, by attaching some controversial provisions to the popular legislation in the hope that they would pass by association alone. Progressives disliked two of these provisions in particular. The first was a cap on the upcoming year's spending that they felt was unrealistically low. The second was language that prevented a vote on raising the country's debt ceiling. Everyone agreed the debt ceiling had to increase or the government would go into default, but Progressives wanted a vote so they could make the argument that the increase was only necessary as a consequence of the Bush administration's enormous tax cuts. They voted "no" on the supplemental appropriations bill for these two reasons and were joined by most Democrats, who were similarly angered at the Republicans' tactics. But the Republicans held firm and a number of Democrats felt compelled to vote for the otherwise popular measure. The bill passed 280-138.

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