What: All Issues : Environment : Wildlife/Forest/Wilderness/Land Conservation : HR 5093. Interior Appropriations/Cloture Vote to Prevent Consideration of an Anti-Environmental GOP Amendment Increasing Logging in National Forests. (2002 senate Roll Call 217)
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HR 5093. Interior Appropriations/Cloture Vote to Prevent Consideration of an Anti-Environmental GOP Amendment Increasing Logging in National Forests.
senate Roll Call 217     Sep 17, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This vote was one of three similar procedural motions surrounding the spending bill to fund the Department of the Interior and related programs and agencies. Byrd (D-WV) had proposed an amendment to add $825 million to repay agencies for firefighting from that summer, money that had previously been removed from the bill. The amendment also added $6 billion in disaster aid for farmers. The vote at hand was to invoke cloture on this amendment, which would limit debate and set a time for a final vote. Without cloture, debate continues without limit. In this case, cloture was designed to prevent a vote on a more conservative wildfire suppression measure in the queue. This Republican plan would make it easier for logging companies to remove timber from the forest. Progressives saw this Republican logging plan as a thinly-veiled attempt to encourage more logging, so they supported cloture as a way to block this conservative measure. But cloture fell ten votes shy of the 60 needed for passage, 50-49, and debate continued.

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