What: All Issues : War & Peace : H.R. 1559. Fiscal 2003 War Supplemental/Vote to Establish Civil Support Teams Though the National Guard to Guard Against the Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction. (2003 house Roll Call 107)
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H.R. 1559. Fiscal 2003 War Supplemental/Vote to Establish Civil Support Teams Though the National Guard to Guard Against the Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
house Roll Call 107     Apr 03, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

During debate on a $74.7 billion supplemental spending bill for costs associated with the Iraqi war, Representative DeFazio (D-OR) introduced an amendment which would have reduced economic assistance to Turkey by $207 million (from about $1 billion to $800 million) and redirected that money toward the establishment of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) civil support teams to be managed by the National Guard. DeFazio pointed out that the civil support teams-which are intended to reduce the threat of a WMD detonation on U.S. soil-had already been authorized by Congress; the money, however, had yet to be provided in the form of a congressional appropriation. Progressives supported DeFazio's amendment because, in their view, safeguarding the public from WMD through civil support teams was a higher priority than providing economic aid to Turkey. Turkey, Progressives noted, had not even solicited the funds from the U.S.; surely, they argued, the Turkey aid package could be reduced from $1 billion to $800 million in order to augment U.S. protections against WMD. Despite support from Progressives, the DeFazio amendment was defeated 113-312.

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