What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : H.R. 2555, H. Res. 293, Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Department of Homeland Security Spending Bill. (2003 house Roll Call 302)
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H.R. 2555, H. Res. 293, Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Department of Homeland Security Spending Bill.
house Roll Call 302     Jun 24, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

On this vote, Republican leaders sought passage of a rule specifying how debate would unfold on a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. Rules are drafted by the House Rules Committee-in essence an arm of the majority party leadership-and must be adopted prior to floor consideration of a measure. Progressives opposed the rule based on their objections to the underlying spending bill. In the view of Progressives, the homeland security appropriations bill failed to dedicate enough money to protect vulnerable areas of the nation's infrastructure such as seaports and public transit systems. Republicans had the votes to overcome opposition and the rule was adopted on a straight party-line vote of 220-197.

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