What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Disabled : H.R. 1463. Smallpox Vaccination Compensation Fund/Passage of a Bill to Provide Compensation for a Limited Number of Individuals Who Die From Smallpox Inoculations. (2003 house Roll Call 92)
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H.R. 1463. Smallpox Vaccination Compensation Fund/Passage of a Bill to Provide Compensation for a Limited Number of Individuals Who Die From Smallpox Inoculations.
house Roll Call 92     Mar 31, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

Aid for first responders has become a popular cause for Democrats and Republicans eager to improve the nation's emergency and preparedness programs. After reports surfaced that three nurses providing smallpox inoculations for first responders contracted the illness, Congress initiated efforts to create a compensation fund for health and emergency workers who suffer adverse effects from smallpox. To date, only 30,000 health care volunteers have received the vaccination; this number is far fewer than the goal of 500,000 set by President Bush in December. In an effort to increase the number of inoculations, Congressman Tauzin (R-LA) introduced a bill that would have awarded a $262,000 lump-sum payment to survivors of individuals who die or are permanently disabled from smallpox inoculations. Progressives opposed the Tauzin bill on the grounds that it was too narrowly-defined; they sought to broaden the definition of "disabled" in the bill to include disfigurement and other potentially incapacitating consequences of contracting smallpox through the inoculation. The vote on the Tauzin bill was held under a suspension of the rules-a procedure usually reserved for non-controversial legislation-which requires the support from two-thirds of those present and voting (260 in this case). Proponents of the Tauzin bill failed to attract the necessary 260 votes and the measure was defeated 184-206.

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