What: All Issues : War & Peace : H.R. 3289. Fiscal 2004 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan/Vote to Provide All U.S. Service Personnel with a Pay Raise of $1500. (2003 house Roll Call 554)
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H.R. 3289. Fiscal 2004 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan/Vote to Provide All U.S. Service Personnel with a Pay Raise of $1500.
house Roll Call 554     Oct 17, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

During debate on the administration's $87 billion supplemental spending request to Congress for costs associated with military and reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Congressman Stupak (D-MI) proposed an amendment which would have increased the pay for all U.S. service personnel by $1500. Progressives supported Stupak's amendment because, in their view, U.S. troops-and especially National Guard soldiers-were being short-changed by the Bush Administration. Progressives pointed out that eighty percent of U.S. troops had no access to clean drinking water and many had contracted dysentery and other water-borne diseases as a result. Additionally, the administration had extended the tours of duty for National Guard soldiers in Iraq from six months to, in some cases, well over a year. Unlike full-time soldiers, National Guard soldiers often leave behind better-paying, full-time jobs in the U.S. in order to fulfill their military duty. Family finances often suffer as a result. The cost of Stupak's amendment was $256 million which would have been paid for by a reduction in funding for oil importation into Iraq. While Conservatives expressed strong support for U.S. troops abroad, they voted in opposition to the Stupak proposal because the funding mechanism would transfer money away from Iraq's reconstruction budget. The reconstruction of Iraq, Conservatives argued, was just as important as providing additional assistance to U.S. troops. On a tie vote of 213-213, the Stupak measure was defeated and military pay raises were not included in the underlying supplemental spending bill (legislation which results in a tie vote is defeated).

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