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 Allow Inclusion of Non-Defense Spending in Bill. (2002 senate Roll Call 144)
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HR 4775. Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Allow Inclusion of Non-Defense Spending in Bill.
senate Roll Call 144     Jun 06, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

The supplemental appropriations bill Congress debated in mid-2002 mostly adjusted spending for defense and homeland security in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. But there were also a number of provisions unrelated to these issues. Progressives did not mind including other issues, but this rankled many conservatives, who felt spending unrelated to defense was not germane to the bill. Gramm (R-TX) raised a point of order against all non-defense emergency spending in the bill. (Emergency spending is exempt from certain types of budgetary restrictions.) This point of order was allowed if an amendment adjusted the totals decided on in the committee that wrote the bill, and it required 60 votes to waive. Progressives supported waiving the point of order, because they supported the broader range of spending and so opposed Gramm's attempt to restrict the spending to military matters only. Fortunately for Progressives, many senators benefited from the spending in the bill, so the motion to waive Gramm's point of order passed with nine votes to spare, 69-25.

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