What: All Issues : War & Peace : War with Iraq : H.R. 2658. Fiscal 2004 Defense Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Prevent Part-Time Military Personnel From Being Stationed in Iraq for Extended Periods of Time. (2003 senate Roll Call 277)
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H.R. 2658. Fiscal 2004 Defense Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Prevent Part-Time Military Personnel From Being Stationed in Iraq for Extended Periods of Time.
senate Roll Call 277     Jul 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

During debate on the 2004 Defense Appropriations bill-a spending measure which allocates federal funding for defense purposes for the upcoming year-Progressives raised numerous objections which centered around the war in Iraq. This vote, an amendment by Robert Byrd (D-WV), addressed one of their concerns; that National Guardsmen and other military reservists were being used as full-time solders. Many reservists, Progressives noted, have been stationed in Iraq for a prolonged period of time away from their families. Progressives endorsed Byrd's amendment because, had it passed, it would have prohibited federal funding for National Guardsmen who had been stationed in Iraq for over 180 days or had been called into active duty more than once in a 360-day period (revoking federal funds for a particular purpose essentially prevents the action-in this case deploying the National Guard overseas for extended periods of time-from happening). Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) motioned to table (kill) Byrd's amendment and the motion was upheld 64-31 thereby defeating the Byrd amendment.

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