What: All Issues : War & Peace : HR 5120. Treasury-Postal Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Improve Livelihood of Cubans By Restricting Funds to Enforce the Embargo on Cuba. (2002 house Roll Call 333)
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HR 5120. Treasury-Postal Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Improve Livelihood of Cubans By Restricting Funds to Enforce the Embargo on Cuba.
house Roll Call 333     Jul 23, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Opponents of restrictions on relations with Cuba saw an opening with the spending bill to fund the Treasury Department, the Postal Service, and the White House. They proposed a series of amendments to starve the restrictions of the money needed for enforcement, including one amendment by Rangel (D-NY), who proposed forbidding spending on the Cuban economic embargo. Progressives supported Rangel's amendment, because they believed the embargo was ineffective and only hurt the Cuban people. Though two other amendments along these lines had passed, this effort to kill the embargo lost the crucial Republican support it needed. Progressives voted "yes," but the amendment was rejected 204-226.

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