What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : H J Res 13. Continuing Resolution/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Continuing Resolution to Extend Government Funding at Previous Year's Level with Committee Instructions to Increase Funding for Homeland Security. (2003 house Roll Call 16)
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H J Res 13. Continuing Resolution/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Continuing Resolution to Extend Government Funding at Previous Year's Level with Committee Instructions to Increase Funding for Homeland Security.
house Roll Call 16     Jan 28, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Republicans and Democrats had been unable to agree on a spending plan for 2003 by the time of the fall 2002 elections. The result of those elections--greater Republican control of both houses of Congress--strengthened the Republican hand and permitted them to move forward aggressively with their own version of a spending bill. Nonetheless, they needed to pass a few stopgap spending measures (continuing resolutions, or CRs) to keep the government funded at 2002 levels until they could put the 2003 package together. Throughout this process, Democrats pressed to add funding to these CRs. In the vote at issue here, Obey (D-WI) moved to recommit (send back) the CR to the Appropriations Committee with instructions that extra money be added for "first responders"-fire fighters, police officers, and others who arrive first to emergencies-who provide assistance during homeland security emergencies and for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's efforts to screen the World Trade Center emergency personnel for long-term health problems. Progressives supported this motion to recommit, because they felt the CR funding for these elements of homeland security was inadequate. Even with their votes, however, the supporters of extra funding came up short: Obey's motion was defeated, 201-222.

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