What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Poor People in Developing Countries : H.R. 2861. Fiscal 2004 VA-HUD Appropriations/Vote to Cut Funding for AmeriCorps and Use a Portion of that Money for Veterans' Medical Research. (2003 house Roll Call 452)
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H.R. 2861. Fiscal 2004 VA-HUD Appropriations/Vote to Cut Funding for AmeriCorps and Use a Portion of that Money for Veterans' Medical Research.
house Roll Call 452     Jul 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

During debate on the 2004 VA-HUD appropriations bill-a measure to provide funding for veterans' programs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, NASA, the EPA, and other federal programs and independent agencies-Congressman Stearns (R-FL) proposed an amendment which would have cut $12 million in the bill for AmeriCorps and increased funding for veterans' medical and prosthetic research by $5 million. Progressives voted against the amendment despite their support for the additional funding for veterans' medical research as a way to protect the AmeriCorps program from budget cuts. In the view of Progressives, AmeriCorps volunteers play an invaluable role in providing important services and support for the least-advantaged citizens in the U.S. as well as impoverished individuals living abroad. With Republicans divided on the amendment and strong opposition from Democrats, the Stearns proposal was rejected 154-264.

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