What: All Issues : War & Peace : Missile Defense Systems : HR 5010. Defense Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Revoke Funding to the Missile Defense Program. (2002 house Roll Call 269)
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HR 5010. Defense Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Revoke Funding to the Missile Defense Program.
house Roll Call 269     Jun 27, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

President Bush sought to deploy a missile defense system as an alternative to arms control treaties, which he believed did not work. Progressives, on the other hand, felt the missile defense system was expensive and fraught with technical problems, and that even a functional system would fail to protect the country against the most serious threats it currently faced. As proposed by House Republicans, the spending bill for the Defense Department in 2003 included money to deploy a preliminary missile defense system in Alaska. Tierney (D-MA) proposed an amendment that removed this spending from the bill. Progressives supported this amendment because they opposed the missile defense system. However, the amendment was rejected 112-314.

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