What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : HR 5120. Treasury-Postal Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Cut Allowances for Ex-Presidents to Prevent Their Participation in Public Life. (2002 house Roll Call 337)
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HR 5120. Treasury-Postal Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Cut Allowances for Ex-Presidents to Prevent Their Participation in Public Life.
house Roll Call 337     Jul 24, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

The large spending bill for the Treasury Department, Postal Service, and White House covered a wide range of programs and so encouraged a wide range of amendments. Hefley (R-CO) proposed an amendment to the bill that would have cut 10 percent from the $3.3 million financial allowances for ex-presidents. Progressives saw this as an attempt to cut money for the sake of cutting money. They believed the cut proposed was miniscule in the larger scale of the budget, but large in its effects on the ability of the former presidents to travel and engage in public life. They voted against the cut in funding, and the amendment was rejected 165-265.

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