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 in Increase Involvement by Congress in Shaping New Department. (2002 senate Roll Call 222)
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HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote in Increase Involvement by Congress in Shaping New Department.
senate Roll Call 222     Sep 24, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Both versions of a department of homeland security--the administration's version, as passed by the House, and the Senate's Democratic version--envisioned one of the largest bureaucratic reorganizations in the country's history. Byrd proposed this amendment as a way to insert Congress more directly into the transition process. It would have established the superstructure of the Department and required the administration to move forward in stages, with Congressional approval along the way. Progressives, already nervous about the scope of the change and the discretion given to the administration, supported this amendment. Even so, the amendment was rejected, 28-70.

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