What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Curbing Presidential Power : S 762. Fiscal 2003 War Supplemental/Vote to Table (Kill) and Amendment to Provide Equipment to the National Guard and Reserves On Par with Equipment Afforded to Full-Time Soldiers. (2003 senate Roll Call 116)
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S 762. Fiscal 2003 War Supplemental/Vote to Table (Kill) and Amendment to Provide Equipment to the National Guard and Reserves On Par with Equipment Afforded to Full-Time Soldiers.
senate Roll Call 116     Apr 02, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Forty-five percent of the U.S. military force that fought in Iraq was composed of members of the National Guard and Reserves. In comparison to the $62 billion provided for active forces, however, the war supplemental spending bill includes only $271 million for the Reserves. During debate on the war supplemental, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) offered an amendment that would have provided $1 billion for equipment to be used by the approximately 1.2 million men and women in the National Guard and Reserves. Progressives supported Landrieu's proposal because the National Guard and Reserves play an important role in U.S. military operations and should receive equipment that is comparable to what full-time soldiers are provided. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MI) offered a motion to table (or strike down) the Landrieu amendment and the motion passed on a nearly party-line vote of 52-47 (thereby striking down the Landrieu amendment). The partisan division on this vote can be attributed to differences between the parties regarding the amount that should have been provided to the President for discretionary (or flexible) spending on homeland security.

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