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 221)
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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 221     Sep 23, 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 (DWV) had proposed an amendment that would reimburse $825 million of the firefighting costs from the previous summer. Republicans saw this as an opportunity to push their approach to fire suppression: making it easier for logging companies to remove trees from the forest. Progressives saw this as a pretense to harvest more timber, not true fire suppression. To prevent the Republican plan from coming to a vote, Democrats and Progressives rushed to invoke cloture, which would limit debate and set a time for a vote on final passage. But cloture requires 60 votes to pass, and this motion fell 11 short, 49-46. Debate on the amendment continued.

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