What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Curbing Presidential Power : HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote to Insure Adequate Congressional Oversight of New Department. (2002 senate Roll Call 214)
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HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote to Insure Adequate Congressional Oversight of New Department.
senate Roll Call 214     Sep 12, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

To exert a measure of control over the new Department of Homeland Security, the Democratic version of the bill to create the agency gave the Senate the power to confirm the director of the White House anti-terrorism office. Progressives supported this change as a way steer antiterrorism efforts away from what they feared might be Bush's conservative tendencies on the issue. Republicans, on the other hand, proposed an amendment to strike this clause from the bill. This vote was on a motion to table (kill) the amendment, so a "yes" vote supported congressional oversight of the anti-terrorism office and the Progressive position. The motion failed, 41-55, and the oversight language was removed from the bill.

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