What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : HR 4775. Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Impose Strict Restrictions on Government Spending. (2002 senate Roll Call 133)
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HR 4775. Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Impose Strict Restrictions on Government Spending.
senate Roll Call 133     Jun 05, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

Gregg (R-NH) proposed an amendment to a larger spending bill that would have extended spending caps and pay-as-you-go rules for another five years. (Pay-as-you-go rules require spending increases or tax cuts to be paid for by adjustments elsewhere in the budget.) Progressives opposed the measure, which would have limited the budget's ability to respond to changes in circumstance and need. Because the proposal changed the totals allocated by the committee that wrote the spending bill it was attached to, Conrad (D-ND) was allowed to bring a point of order against it. The vote at hand here-to waive the point of order and proceed forward with the amendment-required 60 votes to pass. Progressives favored Conrad's point of order because they opposed Gregg's amendment, so they also opposed the motion to waive that point of order. The vote on the motion to waive was 49-49, so the point of order was sustained and the amendment failed, thus omitting the budgetary restrictions from the bill and handing Progressives a victory.

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