What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Curbing Presidential Power : H.R. 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote to Allow Congressional Oversight of Department. (2002 house Roll Call 364)
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H.R. 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote to Allow Congressional Oversight of Department.
house Roll Call 364     Jul 26, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

Legislation which would consolidate twenty-six federal agencies into a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) included a provision providing additional exemptions to the 1966 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) beyond the nine exemptions originally provided for in the 1966 law. During House debate on the measure, Congressman Davis (R-VA) offered an amendment which would extend those additional FOIA exemptions to other agencies as determined by the secretary of the new Department. Progressives opposed the Davis proposal because, in their view, citizens should have a right to obtain declassified information about their government. The Davis measure was rejected by a 195-233 vote margin.

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