What: All Issues : Environment : Wildlife/Forest/Wilderness/Land Conservation : H.R. 1588. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Passage of a Bill to Provide Funding for the Research and Development of "Low-Yield" Nuclear Weapons and Exempt the Defense Department from the Endangered Species Act. (2003 house Roll Call 221)
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H.R. 1588. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Passage of a Bill to Provide Funding for the Research and Development of "Low-Yield" Nuclear Weapons and Exempt the Defense Department from the Endangered Species Act.
house Roll Call 221     May 22, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

This vote involved passage of a $400.5 billion defense authorization bill which would fund defense-related activities in 2004. Provisions in the bill would exempt the Defense Department from the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The bill would also provide funding to research new "low-yield" nuclear weapons and grant the Pentagon greater flexibility over civilian personnel issues. Progressives voted in opposition to passage because, in their view, federal money should not be spent to develop new nuclear weapons systems. Moreover, Progressives voiced opposition to the environmental exemptions for the Defense Department and disapproved of the provisions restricting the rights of civilian defense employees. The defense authorization was adopted by the House on a 361-68 vote.

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