What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Senate Passage of Government Spending Measure Which, With Few Exceptions, Contained Across-the-Board Funding Cuts in Domestic Programs. (2003 senate Roll Call 28)
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H J Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Senate Passage of Government Spending Measure Which, With Few Exceptions, Contained Across-the-Board Funding Cuts in Domestic Programs.
senate Roll Call 28     Jan 23, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Ordinarily, Congress passes spending bills in the year before the year they are to take effect. But in 2002, disagreement between the Republican House and the Democratic Senate prevented the spending plan for 2003 from passing. The 2002 elections improved the Republican position: the party expanded its majority in the House and took back control of the Senate. With this new advantage, the Republican leadership moved forward with their own 2003 spending plan. Their version set restrictive spending totals overall that had been set by the White House from the beginning. The plan did increase spending on some programs favored by Progressives, including an extra $5 billion for education, $1.5 billion for election reform, $3.1 billion for drought relief, and $1 billion for Medicare and welfare. But to add this funding and still remain within Bush's tight caps, Republicans slashed 2.9 percent across the board from all other programs. Progressives could not support such a reflexive spending cut, so they voted against the bill. Even so, it passed 69-29, with many votes to spare.

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