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 to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities. (2002 house Roll Call 469)
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H J Res 123. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities.
house Roll Call 469     Oct 16, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The Republicans in control of the House and the Democrats in control of the Senate were unable to agree on spending for fiscal 2003. Republicans had committed themselves to White House spending restrictions that Progressives and Democrats in general felt were inadequate given the weakening economy and the need for stronger homeland security. To skirt around the impasse, House Republicans proposed a series of stopgap measures-"continuing resolutions" or "CRs"-to keep the government funded at the previous year's levels for short periods of time. 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. The CR at issue here maintained funding for about a month-enough time to postpone the issue until after the elections in November. Progressives wanted to force Republicans to compromise now, so they wanted to press the issue as often as possible. They favored an Obey (D-WI) motion to recommit (send back) the CR to its committee with instructions that its duration be reduced to five days. However, Republican opposition to this idea was strong, and motion was rejected 194-210.

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