What: All Issues : Environment : Wildlife/Forest/Wilderness/Land Conservation : H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote to Reduce the Federal Government's Role in Acquiring, Managing, and Conserving Wildlife Areas. (2003 house Roll Call 381)
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H.R. 2691. Fiscal 2004 Interior Appropriations/Vote to Reduce the Federal Government's Role in Acquiring, Managing, and Conserving Wildlife Areas.
house Roll Call 381     Jul 17, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

One function of the Interior Department is to acquire uninhabited lands for purposes of conservation and/or recreation. Another purpose of the Department is to fight forest-fires. During consideration of the 2004 Interior appropriations bill, a spending measure which funds the Interior department and related agencies, Congressman Shadegg (R-AZ) proposed to transfer $19 million contained in the appropriations bill from land acquisition programs to fire prevention programs. Progressives voted against Shadegg's proposed transfer of funds because, in their view, the spending bill already contained plenty of money for fire prevention programs (over $100 million) while the appropriation failed to include what they characterized as sufficient funding for land acquisition programs ($29 million was included). Progressives favored additional funding for land acquisition programs as a way to help safeguard natural areas for future generations. Shadegg's amendment, Progressives pointed out, would have only diminished the funds available in 2004 for land acquisition projects. Democrats voted overwhelming against the Shadegg amendment and the measure was soundly rejected on a vote of 128-298.

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