What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Protecting Rights of Congressional Minorities : H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote to Allow Consideration of an Interior Department Spending Bill Which, In the View of Progressives, Underfunded Land and Wildlife Conservation Programs. (2003 house Roll Call 371)
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H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote to Allow Consideration of an Interior Department Spending Bill Which, In the View of Progressives, Underfunded Land and Wildlife Conservation Programs.
house Roll Call 371     Jul 16, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

On this procedural vote, Representative Hastings (R-WA) motioned to allow consideration of the rule governing debate on the 2004 Interior appropriations bill (prior to House floor consideration, a rule drafted by the House Rules Committee-in essence an arm of the majority party leadership-must be adopted to set parameters on debate). The $19.6 billion spending bill provided funding in 2004 for the Department of the Interior and related federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Progressives voted no on the motion to proceed to a vote on the rule because the rule would have prevented a vote on an amendment drafted by Congressman Obey (D-WI) which Progressives supported. Obey's amendment would have added $569 million to the Interior appropriations bill for land and wildlife conservation programs. On a straight party-line vote of 219-199, the motion to proceed was adopted and a vote on the rule was allowed.

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