What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : H J Res 123. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities. (2002 house Roll Call 468)
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H J Res 123. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities.
house Roll Call 468     Oct 16, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Throughout 2002, the Republican House and the Democratic Senate could not agree on government spending for the coming fiscal year. Republicans wanted to stay close to the Bush administration's lower spending totals, while Progressives and Democrats in general felt that the softening economy and the need for greater homeland security measures meant it was no time to worry about funding the government too generously. With no progress in reaching a compromise between the House and Senate, House Republicans proposed a series of temporary stopgap spending measures that would keep the government funded at the previous year's levels. Republicans hoped to make it past the November elections without compromise, because if they took back the Senate in those elections they would be able to pass their spending plan with much less difficulty. Progressives opposed these "continuing resolutions" (CRs) because they wanted to force House Republicans to compromise on their spending limits. That meant Progressives also opposed each CRs "rule": the set of instructions for the conduct of debate that must be passed separately before the bill itself could be considered. The CR at issue here was no exception. Progressives voted "no" on its rule, but the rule passed with strong Republican support 206-193.

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